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Prevention Policies for Ending Child Sexual Abuse- Resources and Examples

CDC (2007) published the following report:
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse within Youth-Serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures

Legal Definitions of Child Sexual Abuse vary state by state. State specific guidelines can be found here:
Child Welfare Information Gateway

A) Background
Child Sexual Abuse: How Did We Get Here?
For general information on child sexual abuse, please see:

B) Identifying Contextual Issues and Organizational Values:
For more information on how to identify contextual issues emerging in your organization while adopting prevention policies,

C) Components of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
For more details on how to adopt prevention policies adopted by national youth-serving organizations and develop your own strategies, here are a few examples and resources:

1. Screening and Selecting Employees and Volunteers,

2. Guidelines on interactions between individuals,

  • The Redwoods Group Foundation: ‘Comparison of Safe-Guarding Policies Across National Youth-Serving Organizations’ Redwoods_YSO Policies Comparison[1][3].pdfRedwoods_YSO Policies Comparison[1][3].pdf
  • Salvation Army: KeepSAfe Personal Safety & Risk Reduction Plan: developed and implemented by SA- USA Eastern Territory SalvArmy_Procedures for Personal Safety & Risk Reduction Plans (Revision Draft - February 2017).pdfSalvArmy_Procedures for Personal Safety & Risk Reduction Plans (Revision Draft – February 2017).pdf
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  • The Redwoods Group Foundation: ‘Recognize the Pattern of CSA Infographic’

3. Monitor behavior

4. Ensure environments

5. Responding to Inappropriate Behavior, Breaches in Policy, and Allegations and Suspicions of Child Sexual Abuse

6. Training about Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

7. Implementing Technology-based Prevention Policies

8. Employing Leaders and Board Members in Youth-serving Organizations:

D) Integration Prevention and Developing An Action Plan

How to Overcome Challenges while Implementing Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Policies in Youth-Serving Organizations?

Creating An Action Plan Using Worksheets?


Center for Disease and Control: Violence Prevention:
The Redwoods Group Foundation:
Salvation Army USA:
JCC Association of North America:
Salvation Army USA Eastern Territory:


The Redwoods Group Foundation
Boys and Girls Clubs of America
JCC Association of North America
National Children’s Alliance
Salvation Army of the Eastern Territory
Salvation Army of the USA
YMCA of Central Ohio
American Camp Association