In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County continues to enforce the importance of keeping children in the community safe. The 17 Clubs scattered across Palm Beach County are a second home for more than 10,000 children. Every day staff members take the necessary steps to ensure that each child is safe and secure, while creating a fun environment so that every child has an opportunity to succeed. Safety is priority #1 at Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, more than 600,000 children per year are victims of child abuse or neglect in the United States. One goal of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is to work towards combating child abuse and neglect, by making sure that children in the community always have a safe space.
“The safety of our Club members is our most important responsibility, ” said President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Jaene Miranda. “From mandatory safety assessments to secure facilities, we do everything we can to make sure that our staff has the resources and capabilities to protect our children.”
Ensuring a safe environment is fundamental to achieving our mission. As a result, every Club throughout Palm Beach County follows comprehensive safety policies, programs and trainings which are geared towards the protection of Club members. Clubs also have dedicated staff and programs that provide help for Club members’ families. From lifting the burden of food insecurity by providing free groceries to creating innovative programs such as Project FACT (Fathers And Children Together), Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County staff work tirelessly all year to ensure the wellbeing of Club children both in the Clubs and many times in the home. April may be the month that highlights child abuse prevention, but BGCPBC is on the frontlines protecting children 365 days of the year.
What Can You Do?
If you suspect child abuse, please use the resources below:
- National Child Abuse Hotline 800-422-4453
Provides free 24/7 access for adults and youth to professional child abuse crisis counselors who offer crisis intervention and confidential referrals.
- Child Safety Helpline 866-607-7233
Provides employees, volunteers, parents, and youth with an anonymous helpline for reporting of suspicious or inappropriate behaviors regarding children.
- Ethics Point Hotline 866-295-3701
Provides employees, volunteers and parents anonymous reporting of any unethical or illegal workplace activities.
- Crisis Text Line Text CLUB to 741741
Provides free 24/7 access for adults and youth to confidential support with professional crisis counselors.
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