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Safety

Our Commitment to Safety

At the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura, our commitment to safety for all young people is our highest priority. We work every day to create a safe, fun environment so our club members can have every opportunity to be successful in life. We make sure that our employees and volunteers are properly trained, comply with all Club policies and guidelines, and that our clubhouses are properly maintained.

If you have a 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 filling out the Report a Concern form.

Staff/Volunteer Selection

For every staff/volunteer applicant, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura completes a comprehensive screening before their involvement in any club program. These background checks include local, state-wide and national background checks for criminal history and sex-offender registry through First Advantage, including additional searches on Megan's Law and National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW). Background screenings are completed annually for every staff, volunteer, and board member.

Safety Policies

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura has comprehensive safety policies in place that protect youth - including, but not limited to, supervision, transportation, communication, and prohibiting private one-on-one contact.

Program Supervision

Club staff is the front line of defense for protecting our members and the safety of each member is our first priority.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura staff receive on-going training to meet BGCA standards and guidelines regarding staff-to-member ratios, monitoring club activities, evaluating settings, enforcing personal boundaries and more crucial policies. 

Safety Trainings

Ongoing training and supervision by staff is critical. We participate in a wide variety of child safety training such as mandated reporting, CPR & First Aid certification, on-boarding, on-the-spot training, department training, seminars & conferences, and behavior guidance training. We also engage leading third-party safety experts to provide guidance for our policies and approaches, including Praesidium, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the National Children's Advocacy Center.

Required Immediate Reporting

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura staff and volunteers are all mandated reporters. We are required to report any critical incident/safety concern to local authorities immediately. We are also required to report any critical incident to Boys & Girls Clubs of America within 24 hours.

Safety Committee

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura has a dedicated Safety Committee to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies. Priorities and initiatives include: 

  • Emergency Policies, Procedures & Response
  • Ongoing Updates to Staff Training
  • Increasing the Safety of Our Facilities

We also complete a safety assessment annually, with BGCA, to look for additional ways to improve Club Safety.

State & Local Laws

We comply with federal, state, and local safety laws, including those impacting facilities and vehicles.


America's young people deserve nothing less than our constant focus on their safety and our firm commitment to protect every child who is entrusted to our care at Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura.

If you have a 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 filling out the Report a Concern form.

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