How WE Keep Boys & Girls Clubs Safe
We are dedicated to upholding the highest level of professionalism and safety. The Club provides a positive, safe environment for all kids and families. If you have any concern about the safety or well-being of a child, or if you would like to report suspicious or inappropriate behavior by an adult, Club staff or volunteer please take a moment to let us know by clicking here.
Club Safety Policies and Practices
Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue uses strict internal standards regarding bathrooms, one-on-one contact and daily supervision to ensure every Club environment is structured to protect all Club members. All critical incidences, regardless of severity are reported immediately to a supervisor, and if appropriate to necessary authorities.
Annual Club Safety Assessment
Each Clubhouse completes an annual safety assessment, provides regular emergency procedure trainings for all staff and completes a 6 month review of the Club’s safety policies and procedures. Club staff receive ongoing training regarding new best practices as they are developed.
For every staff/volunteer applicant, the Club completes a comprehensive screening before their involvement in any program. These background checks, provided by Talentwise and Washington State Patrol, include local, state-wide, national background checks for criminal history and sex-offender registry. Background screenings are completed regularly for all staff and volunteers.
Prevention of Child Molestation
Club staff are consistently trained to be vigilant in recognizing the early signs that put children at risk for inappropriate interactions with other adults or kids. Working with a national leader Praesidium, Club staff receive specific training in this area when hired. Updated trainings are completed each year by all staff ensure they remain current in this critically important area of child safety.
Board Level Safety Committee
Led by the Assistant Chief of Police, a board-level Safety Committee is actively engaged to ensure relevant and appropriate strategies exist at all levels of the organization. Similarly, safety is a standing agenda item at all Sr. Staff Meetings within the organization.
Code of Conduct
Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue is committed to the highest ethical standards in all areas including interactions with children, incident reporting, including full cooperation with the authorities, finances and data reporting. These standards are fully enforced wtth all staff, volunteers, board members and other individuals involved in the organization.
Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Concerns
For the past 20 years Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue has partnered with Youth Eastside Services, one of the leading Eastside agencies focused on mental health and substance dependency. Currently there are three experienced YES Counselors working daily in our Clubs to provide direct support and resources for families who have concerns regarding mental health and/or drug and alcohol concerns.
"I just wanted to let you know that my children attend the Project Learn program at the South Bellevue Community Center, and I couldn’t be happier with the program.
Every time I pick up my children they are smiling and having a great time. The staff are fun, engaging and very professional. I can’t say enough for their efforts.
My son just started Kindergarten this year, and my daughter is in 4th grade, and your staff are absolutely wonderful about making them both feel comfortable. They tell me all about the fun activities they do every day.
As a former employee of the Bellevue School District as a teacher in the afterschool program I know the challenges they face every day, and I want to commend your organization and staff for an absolutely wonderful program.
Thank you so much for your invaluable services. I wouldn’t feel comfortable at work without your help and support."