Our Commitment to Child Safety
The YMCA of Collier County’s commitment to providing a safe environment for every individual who engages with us—especially children—is essential to our mission, reputation, and our viability as an organization.
With our commitment to providing a healthy atmosphere for the growth and development of children in mind, the Y has developed standards, guidelines, and training to aid in the detection and prevention of child abuse.
YMCA Screening Procedures
All Y team members undergo thorough background screens, criminal history checks, and drug testing as well as reference checks during the interviewing process. However, we also implement safety procedures for members and other visitors.
YMCA Team Members
All Y team members who have contact with children must complete a Level 2 background screening through the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Education. They will also go through training on recognizing, reporting, and preventing child abuse. All staff are tested for the presence of drugs as part of the hiring process.
Members, Guests, and Participants
We also screen all members, guests, and program participants against a national sex offender registry to allow us to continue to provide a safe, welcoming environment for every person at the YMCA of Collier County.
The YMCA of Collier County has adopted a similar background screening policy for all volunteers, mandating background and criminal record checks in addition to required child abuse prevention training. Volunteers working with children must complete a Level 2 background screening.
Reporting Suspected Child Abuse
Reporting is mandatory!
All Y team members are recognized as mandated reporters of suspected child abuse under the State of Florida statutes and are therefore required to report any suspicion of abuse against those who participate in programs at the Y. This has been standard practice at the YMCA of Collier County for decades. In further support of our effort, the Y requires all team members to sign our Child Abuse Prevention Code of Conduct in commitment to keeping kids safe.
5 Days of Action
Leading up to Healthy Kids Day—a nationwide YMCA initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids—5 Days of Action is a national campaign designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse.