YMCA of the Pines has been awarded Praesidium Accreditation® by Praesidium, the leader in abuse risk management. Praesidium Accreditation® is a prestigious honor that publicly demonstrates the organization has worked to achieve the highest industry standards in abuse prevention.
To achieve Accreditation, YMCA of the Pines underwent a rigorous process to implement Praesidium’s Accreditation Standards focusing on eight primary operational areas within their business: policies, screening and selection, training, monitoring and supervision, consumer participation, internal feedback systems, responding, and administrative practices. Praesidium then verified the Y’s successful implementation of these standards. YMCA of the Pines will be accredited for three years, and during this time will commit to uphold fundamental organizational values and stringent safety practices that demonstrate their commitment to protecting those in their care from abuse.
Praesidium Accreditation® provides solid proof of sound risk management practices and the honor distinguishes the YMCA of the Pines from others in their industry. “We are pleased to send the message that we will not compromise the safety of those in our care—for any reason,” said Mark Dibble, CEO of the YMCA of the Pines. “As an entire organization, we are dedicated and committed to proactively keeping those in our care safe from abuse.”
Here are just a few of the steps our summer camps take to protect our campers:
• Each staff member is interviewed and submits to a background check (staff over the age of 18). We utilize a vendor to perform a Social Security Number identity trace, a county criminal search, and an enhanced nationwide criminal, and sex
offender search. All staff members are required to have a cleared background check prior to being hired.
• For international staff, we partner with agencies that conduct background checks in the staff member’s home country prior to the individual being eligible for hire by our organization. Returning international staff submit to a domestic
background check as well.
• Summer Camp employees participate in a week-long orientation, which addresses camp procedures related to staff-to-camper ratios, safety protocols and procedures, youth development, counseling techniques, bullying resolution, and more.
Staff hired after training is complete go through an on-boarding process, and receive mandatory trainings as well.
• Staff members also complete a training module offered by Praesidium regarding child protection in a day or overnight camp setting.
• Staff members are not permitted to be alone with a camper. Rather, we follow the “Rule of 3:: 2 staff members with 1 camper, or 1 staff member with 2 or more campers, including during bathroom and shower visits. During bathroom/shower
visits, our staff stay within earshot of campers.