Protecting Minors On Campus: Legal Issues And Best Practices
The statistics are alarming. One in nine girls and one in 54 boys will be victims of sexual assault during their childhoods. When the sexual assault of a minor occurs on a college campus and the case becomes a lawsuit, the average settlement amount - following years of expensive and draining litigation - is $917,000.
Cases can arise from a wide range of activities, including campus tours; day care; sporting events; and, summer camps. Forty percent of perpetrators are teachers, with coaches counting for another 11 percent. Even bus drivers make up a statistically significant percentage of “perps.” Furthermore serial perpetrators account for a disproportionate percentage of claims and mega-settlements.
This important webinar will provide clear-cut guidelines and best practices that are well-able to minimize your institution’s risk of having a devastating and costly incident occur on your campus.
Just a sample of what this webinar will cover:
- How to screen employees and volunteers through background checks and interviews in order to identify and reject high-risk candidates.
- How to train employees and volunteers on sexual misconduct and harassment; the institution’s child-protection policies; the prevalence and warning signs of minor abuse; the strategies used by “perps”; and the consequences of policy violations.
- Establishing appropriate boundaries between adults and minors and communicating those boundaries to all participants.
- Reporting requirements at the state and institutional levels.
- Responding to reports through notification, investigation, prevention and resolution,
- Developing, establishing and operationalizing a crisis communication plan for employees, volunteers, parents and students,
- Vetting third-party vendors for reliability; comprehensive policies; employee training; indemnification and insurance.
- Necessary insurance provisions, including specific “sexual abuse” coverage.
- And much more!
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