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Planning for the Safety of Minors: Routine and Emergency Situations

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This presentation is from the National Center for Campus Public Safety’s webinar, Planning for the Safety of Minors: Routine and Emergency Situations. Anne H. Franke, president of Wise Results, LLC, brings attention to an issue that often goes unnoticed. Look around campus and you’ll notice lots of kids. They come without parents, particularly during the summer, to attend camps and academic enrichment programs. Many colleges and universities run year-round tutoring, both on- and off-campus, K-12 school partnerships, and other programs. Most institutions develop their safety and emergency protocols to meet the needs of college students and adult visitors. This webinar explores key questions surrounding the safety of minors on campus and provides practical options for resolving them.

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Planning for the Safety of Minors: Routine and Emergency Situations

  1. 1. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Planning for the Safety of Minors: Routine and Emergency Situations May 17, 2016 Ann H. Franke, Esq. Wise Results LLC Washington DC annfranke@Verizon.net
  2. 2. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Who Are All These Kids Running Around?
 
 Who’s Responsible For Them?
 
 Not Me, I Hope! 2
  3. 3. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Today’s Program 1.  Institutional Approaches to Child Safety
 2.  Challenges in Emergency Planning 
 & Response
 3.  Abuse & Neglect Reporting
 4.  Children Separated from Parent 
 or Program 3
  4. 4. The National Center for Campus Public Safety 1. INSTITUTIONAL APPROACHES TO CHILD SAFETY 4
  5. 5. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Your institution may have a centralized, decentralized, or “wild west” approach to child safety. 5
  6. 6. The National Center for Campus Public Safety What youth programs are occurring 
 on your campus today? 
 
 Off campus? 6
  7. 7. The National Center for Campus Public Safety More Questions to Ask •  Who’s got contact info for parent or guardian of each child? Who should have it?
 •  What do we expect of outside groups that rent our facilities for youth programs? 7
  8. 8. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Some Compliance Issues Federal Law •  Clery Act •  FERPA for enrolled minors •  Civil rights, e.g., –  Disability –  Harassment, assault –  Age discrimination •  OSHA State Law •  Camp licensing •  Health & safety •  Staffing ratios •  Transportation •  Emergency planning •  Abuse & neglect reporting 
 8
  9. 9. The National Center for Campus Public Safety 2. EMERGENCY PLANNING & RESPONSE 9
  10. 10. The National Center for Campus Public Safety 10 Within hours of Hurricane Ike’s landfall in Texas, San Antonio officials had compiled precise staGsGcs about their evacuee situaGon. They knew the city would need to care for 5,303 people (561 of whom had special medical needs) and 642 pets. … But there was one key group for which they had no figures: children. Newsweek, “Overlooked: The LiXlest Evacuees” (October 6, 2008) hXps://conferences.wsu.edu/forms/emergencyprep/presentaGons11/d1.pdf
  11. 11. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Have a comprehensive emergency plan blending higher ed with principles for camps and K-12 schools. 
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  12. 12. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Kids’ Needs in Emergencies •  Supervision •  Emotional support •  Communication •  Nourishment •  Shelter – cribs, playpens •  Diapers! 12
  13. 13. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Sample State Requirements 13 Emergency Communica/on System Required Each camp shall have a means of emergency communicaGon so that all campers and staff recognize it as such and will elicit a pre- determined response. Such system may include but not necessarily be limited to a public address system, triangle, bell or voice. Emergency Procedures On an annual basis, the site operator shall submit to the local health officer… emergency procedures specific to the locaGon.
  14. 14. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Check your state laws on camps. www.acacamps.org/resource- library/state-laws-regulations 14
  15. 15. The National Center for Campus Public Safety 3. ABUSE & NEGLECT REPORTING 15
  16. 16. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Are you a mandatory reporter of child abuse & neglect in your state? 
 At your institution? 16
  17. 17. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Suspicions to be reported •  Child abuse •  Child neglect •  Of person under the state’s age of majority Reports of abuse & neglect in the home are more likely than in college program. 17
  18. 18. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Find your state law on abuse 
 & neglect reporting at the 
 Child Welfare Information Gateway. 18 www.childwelfare.gov
  19. 19. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Let’s Get Operational.
 
 Reporting Suspicions 
 of Child Abuse
 
 Within institution
 To state government
 19
  20. 20. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Decide in advance who would conduct a forensic interview of a child. Interview should be: Child-centered Developmentally sensitive Unbiased Legally defensible TRAINED interviewer! 20
  21. 21. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Integrate children into campus public safety SOP’s. •  Temporary custody of kids •  Domestic abuse investigation •  Transport of kids •  Care for kids who are under custody of victim or suspect •  Child abuse reporting •  Protecting suspected child abuse victims 21
  22. 22. The National Center for Campus Public Safety 4. CHILDREN SEPARATED FROM PARENT OR PROGRAM 22
  23. 23. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Releasing a child to an unauthorized adult is dangerous. 23
  24. 24. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Plan for lost kids at graduation 
 and other public events. •  Develop procedures
 •  Train ushers
 •  No adult alone with kid in private – Two adults – Open-sided tent 24
  25. 25. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Develop a protocol for searching 
 for a missing child. •  Coordinated –  Code Adam –  Team Adam
 •  Time critical
 •  Staff training •  Aquatics search
 –  Swimming pool –  Open water 25
  26. 26. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Unaccompanied minors on campus pose special challenges. 26
  27. 27. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Check out the Resource Materials. You’ll find, among other items:
 •  Forensic child interview training •  Lost camper protocols •  Public safety procedures •  Unaccompanied minors policies •  Suggested rental contract terms •  Federal and state law compliance analysis 27
  28. 28. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Youth Protection Network 
 for Higher Education •  Began in 2013 •  180+ members •  Monthly conference calls •  List serve •  Resource sharing •  Benchmarking •  FREE
 
 To join, contact annfranke@Verizon.net 28
  29. 29. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Thank You! Ann H. Franke Wise Results LLC 2555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 218 Washington DC 20037 annfranke@Verizon.net 202-725-5044 29
  30. 30. www.margolishealy.com www.nccpsafety.org info@nccpsafety.org 1.866.817.5817 www.bja.gov

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