October 15, 2012

Schools and Education

Policy and Procedure Development for Schools and Educational Institutions

Many schools and educational organizations lack the time and expertise to put together comprehensive and effective policy and procedures for abuse prevention. It is important that policy initiatives to prevent and/or respond to child abuse are based on facts about child sexual abuse offenders and not myths. Understanding the nuances of this offender population and being objective are critical if children are to be protected from sexual abuse.

Michelle Peterson Consulting (MCP) will use knowledge and expertise in the field of child abuse and provide your school with the most effective tools to help prevent sexual abuse from occurring. We will create child safe policy and procedures for your schools teachers, administrators, volunteers, students and parents to follow that will minimize risk and create a safer and more effective learning and enjoyable environment for all.

MCP has worked with several schools and educational institutions and can help your organization develop clear guidelines and expectations for all teachers, administrators, students and other organization members. Our policy and procedure documents outline abuse or misconduct prevention strategies, appropriate behavior for all organization members and effective response to concerns.

The following is a sample of topics that will be covered:

  • Analysis of Organizations Current Policy and Procedures Around Abuse Prevention
    • We will review your current policies and procedures around abuse prevention.
  • Develop School Code of Ethics
    • We will develop a code of conduct that emphasizes the importance of safety and welfare of its members.
  • Develop Individual Codes of Conduct (COC)
    • We will develop clear guidelines for all members and stakeholders to encourage high standard for safety and appropriate behavior to reduce the risk of abuse.
      • Teacher COC
      • Parent COC
      • Student COC
      • Volunteer/Outside Consultant COC
  • Safe Social Media Guidelines for Teachers and Students
    • Social media is a popular communication tool for youth organizations and its member but it can also be a place where abuse and misconduct can occur. We develop guidelines for appropriate use to help minimize potential problems.
      • Facebook
      • Texting
      • Email
      • Twitter
  • Bathroom and Changing Area Guidelines
    • Guidelines are essential to reduce the risk of abuse and to provide teachers support in this compromising location.
  • One on One Guidelines
    • When a one on one situation is necessary it is important for all parties to have clear guidelines for appropriate behavior.
  • How to Report and Respond to Sexual Abuse or Concerning Behaviors
    • Even if policy and procedures are in place, an organization has the responsibility to report and respond immediately and effectively to misconduct or allegations of abuse. How you respond can have potential effects on the investigation, the alleged victim, your members and the organization.
  • Hiring Guidelines
    • As good practice and to prevent unsuitable people from working with children, it is important that all reasonable steps are taken to protect the organization and its members.
  • Physical Contact Guidelines
    • Adults working with children should be aware of what is appropriate for physical contact with children.
  • Photographic and Video Recording Guidelines
    • With cell phones and other video recordings capabilities readily available, it is important that all members follow appropriate usage.

Additional Services:

MPC will also provide these additional services:

  • Provide training for implementation of policy and procedures.
  • Provide or arrange training for members, teachers, staff, parents and others around the dynamics and the prevention of abuse.
  • Assist the organization with a response to its community and members around internal abuse allegations or an investigation. Coordinate the following:
    • Community Meeting
    • Media Releases
    • Association or BOD responses
    • Law enforcement/investigative agencies communications

MPC has many satisfied clients and our client list growing.  We hope you can be one of our next clients and keep your students safe.