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Safety & Resources

Safety is our Number One Priority

At the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, there is nothing more important that the safety of our members. We work every day to create a safe, fun environment so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life.

We do not tolerate inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct. Ensuring Club members’ safety is paramount to their success, and we do this through strict adherence to our safety policies.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, our parent organization, continually updates and innovates robust safety policies, programs, and training for staff and volunteers that are designed to protect young people from the threats that are present in our society. At the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, we implement these layers of safety policies and guidelines to keep our kids safe, including, but not limited to:
  • Conducting mandatory criminal background checks
  • Immediately reporting any critical incident to the appropriate authorities and then to Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Holding regular, Board-led Safety Committee meetings throughout the year to elevate safety to the highest level of governance
  • Conducting mandatory annual safety assessments
  • Engaging leading third-party safety experts on training, policies, and resources
  • Continually updating our sexual abuse prevention policies, practices, and trainings that align with best practices of healthcare and school-based settings
  • Delivering appropriate, ongoing safety training to all staff and volunteers before granting them access to our members
  • Continually updating safety policies in place that protect our youth, including supervision, transportation, communication, and prohibition of private, one-on-one contact
  • Informing parents and guardians of safety policies upon youth membership application
  • Requiring that any employee looking to move to another Club must have a reference from the previous Club
  • Prominently displaying key safety resources and information, including the Child Safety Helpline and Crisis Text Line

Resources

Education

We strive to help our Club members succeed in school through our homework assistance programs. We offer the following tips and strategies to use at home as well, for everything from homework tips to time management hints to ideas on how to talk with your teen about college.

Health and Fitness

Did you know that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease? Healthy teeth and gums play a critical role in children’s overall health, just as fitness and nutrition do. To assist your child in developing good oral care, fitness, and nutritional habits, review the resources below and make health a family affair.

Substance Abuse

As a parent, you are one of the biggest influences on your child’s decision to try alcohol or other drugs. There are several effective ways to discourage your kids from trying addictive substances, and you can be the biggest source of support if your child needs help recovering from addiction.

Crime and Violence

While crime and violence among youth is climbing upward, communities can work together to slow this disturbing trend. Service organizations, such as Boys & Girls Clubs, can join parents, schools, local law enforcement, the court system, and other community partners in combating this issue. For information and resources, click on thee helpful links below.

Tragedies

When tragedy strikes, whether it’s an act of violence, terrorism, or natural disaster, it’s important to help the children in our lives deal with their fears and questions. The following links offer parents and caregivers guidance.​