Once the kids are out of school it's a great time to give them experiences to help them grow emotionally and physically, whether it sending them away to camp or sports, your trusting complete strangers to look out for their best interest.
How can you know you can trust these adults with your child?
We are happy to welcome back beverly hutchinson from the dee norton advocacy center.
She is here with tips to help keep your kids safe.
Thank you for being here.
This is something i think a lot of parents want to send their kids away.
They have a hard time trusting.
There are certain things they should be asking to know a little bit better who these adults are that they are placing their child with >> guest: basic questions need to be asked.
Any child care organization you should feel as an adult caregiver empowered to ask questions like do they conduct annual background checks and what are the background checks?
Are they state or federal?
Do they check the child abuse registry?
What policies are in place for first-aid.
What training do their staff receive?
What are their policies about reporting abuse if it does occur?
All of these questions help give knowledge to the caregiver to make more informed decisions.
>> leyla: let's go back to child abuse registry.
What is the website people should be looking towards?
>> guest: i believe that through dss.
The other two paperwork is required to fill out.
>> leyla: i think meghan's law is one of them, right?
There are ways you can go online.
You can see in your area who these people are.
>> guest: there's also a sex offender registry.
Questions are really the most important.
You want to have the interaction with the leaders of this camp to understand their policies and procedures.
>> leyla: you said you should feel empowered to ask questions.
A lot of people don't want to offend anyone.
They are afraid of offending someone.
U.s. is our background check or do you employee sex offenders.
I think it's a fair set of questions to ask when it's your child you're putting in their care.
How do you break through if someone is on the timid side to break through that and say, listen, you've got to ask these questions.
>> guest: you are your child's best advocate.
Understanding it's not impolite to understand policies and procedures.
Understanding the words, what are your policies and procedures takes away from the personal and allows you to address it at an organization level instead of one-on-one.
I think anytime someone is reticent to answer those questions, that in and of itself should cause a caregiver pause.
>> leyla: absolutely.
And then you take your business elsewhere.
What is the aca accreditation?
>> guest: american campers association.
An organization that does some of the vetting process for you.
We believe the questions of the first and primary thing any caregiver can do.
>> leyla: sure, and also know the ratio step to children.
>> guest: right.
How many staff to children.
What are the policies with one-on-one time with any child?
All of that gives you insight into how this camp, this experience, is going to be for your child.
>> leyla: how about the questions you should ask your child or things you should give them when they go up to these places to either feel safe to ask questions or feel safe to say something if they feel the situation is dangerous to them?
>> guest: that really begins before they ever go to camp with the open lines of communication.
Helping your child feel comfortable telling you anything, and being able as a caregiver to hear it and validated.
Also helping them to know what parts of their body is their own and what is appropriate to say no to an adult.
There are times when it is appropriate for a child to say, no, i don't want that, or even as simple as saying, that makes me feel uncomfortable.
Knowing that is an okay response from them to an adult.
>> leyla: and to immediately reported.>> guest: you really want to open line of communication so if anything happens they know they can come right home and tell you.
They could tell other trusted adults in their life and know what to do with the information.
Dee nortn is always a resource.
We are also resource for camps who want to do a better job with policies and procedures.
>> leyla: thank you so much, beverly.
We appreciate your time.
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