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Resource Library / Legal & Risk Management

Strategies for navigating legal concerns and managing risk are essential for creating a culture of safety. These resources offer information on trends and practices related to legal matters and risk management in youth programming.


Preventing and Reporting Athlete Abuse: The Safe Sport Act

Description: Recommendations from United Educators regarding the Safe Sport Authorization Act

Authors/Creators: Melanie Bennett, EduRisk by United Educators

Resource from the U.S. Center for SafeSport

Description: The U.S. Center for SafeSport provides services to sport entities on abuse prevention techniques, policies and programs and provides a safe, professional and confidential place for individuals to report sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements.

Authors/Creators: The U.S. Center for SafeSport

SafeSport Act

Description: The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (SafeSport Act)protects athletes from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse by creating new reporting and training requirements for amateur sports organizations.

Author/Creator: 115th Congress, U.S. Government

SafeSport National Governing Bodies

Description: List of National Governing Bodies (NGBs) within SafeSport

Authors/Creators: The U.S. Center for SafeSport

SafeSport Participant Groups

Description: Individuals that must comply with the SafeSport Code are known as “Participants.” This is a list of the categories of Participants that must comply with the SafeSport Code.

Authors/Creators: The U.S. Center for SafeSport

Safety Tips

12 Principles of Youth Safe Organisations Comes from the Research from the Work of The Royal Commissions Work in Youth Protection

Description: In 2013, the Australian Government established a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) in response to community concern about widespread reports of cases where Australian institutions failed to protect children from sexual abuse. The Commission’s final recommendations emphasized that members of the public, children and young people, parents, careers, families and communities should feel confident that organisations working with children provide safe environments in which children’s rights, needs and interests are met. The National Principles draw on the work of the Royal Commission, Australia’s Children’s Commissioners and Guardians and the 2005 National Framework for Creating Safe Environments for Children.

Author/Creator: Australian Human Rights Commission 2018

Screening & Selection for Staff

Description: This PowerPoint presentation provides helpful information for individuals screening and hiring program staff who will be working with minors.

Authors/Creators: Aaron Lundberg, LMSW, Praesidium, Inc.

Swimming and Water Safety Manual

Description: Guide on swimming and water safety.

Authors/Creators: American Red Cross

Youth Program Risk Continuum

Description: The risk continuum educates individuals about the level of risk involved in certain aspects of program operations. Tips for risk mitigation are also included within each risk category.

Author/Creator: Caroline Shelton, University of Washington

Strategies for Risk Management

Managing Camp Liability

Description: An overview of camp policies, operating practices and forms and agreements divided into three parts: Part 1- key operational controls for camps sponsored by institutions; Part 2- relevant forms and agreements; Part 3-suggested contents for agreements involving outside groups leasing institutional premises.

Authors/Creators: Ann H. Franke & Scott Z. Goldschmidt, National Association of College and University Attorneys

Managing the risk of minors on campus

Description: The 2012 Arthur J. Gallagher Think Tank for Higher Education Risk Management addressed the knotty problem of how to manage the risks of those on our campuses for whom adulthood is still out of reach. How should our campus community effectively deal with minors? The intended audience for this publication includes higher education risk managers, administrators and anyone responsible for minors on campus, whether in an advisory or supervisory capacity.

Author/Creator: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Youth Program Risk Continuum

Description: The risk continuum educates individuals about the level of risk involved in certain aspects of program operations. Tips for risk mitigation are also included within each risk category.

Author/Creator: Caroline Shelton, University of Washington

Youth Protection Issues and Trends

8 High Risk Activities for Day and Overnight Camps

Description: Concise overview of riskiest areas as it relates to camp

Author/Creator: Praesidium, Inc.

A Comprehensive Report on Sexual Abuse Risk Management of Vulnerable Populations

Description: The purpose of this report is to share with readers Praesidium’s global experience and research findings, and to provide industry trends relevant to our mission.

Author/Creator: Praesidium, Inc.

Dual Enrollment Programs: Litigation and Equity

Description: The article evaluates whether school districts and/or postsecondary institutions may experience increased risk of litigation arising from the negligent protection of minors on postsecondary campuses.

Author/Creator: Steven L. Nelson & Shawn J. Waltz

Foundations for building youth protection compliance programs in higher education.

Description: This article from Compliance & Ethics Professional (CEP) Magazine provides an overview of each of the elements of effective youth protection programs through a lens of ethics and compliance management.

Authors, Creators: Sandy Weaver (Penn State University), David Chupak (Michigan State University)

Hubris Syndrome

Description: Growing evidence shows that positions of power in politics and business may corrupt the ability of those in them to behave rationally. It’s time for risk managers to take heed.

Author/Creator: Lord David Owen, House of Lords

Protection of Minors in Higher Education Programs: Emerging Programs, Policies, and Practices

Description: Children participating in campus programs and activities are exposed to various risks, including child maltreatment. Predators infiltrate youth-serving organizations and use private access to minors to commit maltreatment. Colleges and universities are implementing policies and prevention programs to foster a safe environment for minors in their care. Youth protection specialists lead various initiatives to provide oversight of campus youth programs and address safety concerns for children through key partnerships with faculty, staff, and administrators.

Authors/Creators: David Chupak (Michigan State University), Sandy Weaver (Penn State University), & Lindsay Meyer Bond (The Ohio State University)