PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN

The Westport Weston Family YMCA greatly values the safety of our children and the trust that their caregivers have in us. Our staff and volunteers work hard to create an environment where our youth members and participants can safely learn, grow and play. The prevention of child abuse is something we continuously work towards.

Below are some of the many measures we follow to create a culture of prevention:

  • All staff are given background checks prior to working at the YMCA.
  • We follow the rule of 3 to ensure no adult is ever alone with one child.
  • Every staff member within the YMCA is trained to prevent abuse as well as to recognize, respond and report abuse. Every staff member in the YMCA is a mandated reporter.
  • Our staff are not allowed to babysit or transport children they meet at the YMCA, outside of YMCA or its programs.

More staffing policies can be found in our Employee Code of Conduct

PARENT RESOURCES

It is important that we work as a team to protect our children. Our YMCA is a provider of the Darkness 2 Light, Stewards of Children workshop. This workshop helps to teach parents and care givers about abuse prevention. If you would like to attend a 2 hour training, upcoming dates are:

Tuesday, April 17 at 6:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, April 28 at 1:30pm-3:30pm   The YMCA Kids’ Club will remain open for families attending the workshop.

To register, please call the YMCA at (203) 226-8981. For more information, please contact Meaghan George: Director of Camp and Family Services X119, or visit D2L.org

Here are some resources for parents and caregivers to help ensure their child’s safety.

Parent Guide to Preventing and Recognizing Abuse

Talking to your children about topics in the news

Tips for Hiring Caregivers

Community Support Resources

Learn more about abuse recognition and prevention by visiting Darkness 2 Light

REPORTING CONCERNS

We want to help you ensure the safety of your child. If you would like to discuss any concerns for the safety of a child, whether in regards to the YMCA or outside the Y, please contact:

Meaghan George: Director of Camp and Family Services X119.
Jay Jaronko: Senior Program Director X105.
Pat Riemersma: Chief Executive Officer X107.

Anonymous concerns can be submitted by downloading the Anonymous Concern Form and sending it to the YMCA Attn: Pat Riemersma, 14 Allen Raymond Lane, Westport, CT 06880

The Connecticut Department of Children and Family Services is another resource available to help with any concerns you may have for a child’s safety. You can visit their website at ct.gov/dcf or call (800) 842-2288.