Preventing Child Sexual Abuse


There have been many alarming stories in the media about sexual abuse of children in athletic organizations, religious organizations, and schools. Organizations have a responsibility to protect the children they support from a sexual perpetrator. Beyond the moral responsibility, some organizations, such as youth sport organizations, are required by law to take specific steps to prevent child sexual abuse. Given the trust-based nature of this crime, it can be very difficult to detect dangerous behavior(s) until it is too late. Among the cases of child sexual abuse reported to law enforcement, 93% involve a perpetrator that the child knows and trusts, such as a relative, care provider, family friend, coach, student leader, or ministry volunteer. Taking additional, cost-effective prevention measures that increase your organization's barriers to this crime remains in the best interests of the children you support.

Creating a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

It is important for child-serving organizations to have a comprehensive child abuse prevention program in place. Key elements of an effective child sexual abuse prevention program include:

1. Support from the organization's senior leadership
2. Documented policies and procedures to include a prohibitive position statement and reporting procedures
3. Documented employee/volunteer training
4. Specific elements placed in the hiring process to include employment application question(s) and reference checks to elicit high risk responses
5. Criminal background checks completed as required by state law
6. Specific training for hiring managers on points four and five

PHLY works with the national experts at Abuse Prevention Systems to offer a step-by-step guide and videos to assist organizations in building a child safety system. This is part of Abuse Prevention Systems' 5-Part Safety System - a comprehensive program that utilizes overlapping layers of protection to ensure no situation is overlooked.

Abuse Prevention Systems' 5-Part Safety System

1. Awareness Training
2. Skillful Screening Process
3. Policies and Procedures
4. Background Checks
5. Monitoring and Oversight

The Sexual Abuse Awareness Training was updated in early 2018 and is available in English and Spanish with the following subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Thai.

PHLY's Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Resources

Consider supplementing your current policies and training with PHLY's sexual abuse prevention resources. These easy-to-use, online resources can help reduce the risk of child sexual abuse in children's programs. They're available to PHLY policyholders with sexual abuse and molestation coverage at no additional cost. Visit the appropriate link below for more information or contact phlyrms@phly.com for more information.

Abuse Prevention Systems
was created to serve a full spectrum of child-serving organizations, including youth sports, day care centers, schools, clubs, and other non-profits. Learn more: AbusePreventionSystems.com/PHLY


MinistrySafe was created to meet the unique needs of faith-based organizations, including churches, camps, schools, mission organizations, and other ministry programming. Learn more: MinistrySafe.com/PHLY

IMPORTANT NOTICE - The information and suggestions presented by Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company is for your consideration in your loss prevention efforts. They are not intended to be complete or definitive in identifying all hazards associated with your business, preventing workplace accidents, or complying with any safety related, or other, laws or regulations. You are encouraged to alter them to fit the specific hazards of your business and to have your legal counsel review all of your plans and company policies.

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