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When camps are developing the policies for child protection and child abuse reporting the following elements should be considered:
1. Prevention should be the first item covered in any child protection policy, and has three key aims:
Prevention of known abusers from having access to children.
Minimization of opportunities for abuse to occur.
Prevention against false accusations of staff.
2. Preventative actions include but are not limited to:
Ensure Standard MA 14 is followed each year in regards to staff hiring and criminal background and reference checks.
Speaking directly with references for all staff and probing as to whether there is any reason this person should not be given a position with access to children.
Providing staff training and guidelines in safe touch, ensuring they are never alone with a child in a place they cannot be easily seen (either indoors or out), and establishing and maintaining appropriate relationships with children.
Aiming to provide two staff leaders per cabin and separate bathing or change areas or times for staff and children. This may mean planning for construction of larger cabins or alternative styles of facilities in site development.