Committed to keeping children safe

Background Checks

Comprehensive background checks for all staff and volunteers


Ongoing training and education


Annual safety assessments


Rigorous safety policies and standards

Safety Committees

Active, engaged board-led safety committees


Annual safety improvement planning and other accountability systems

We work every day to create a safe, fun environment so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life. We have ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, including abuse or misconduct, and we put resources behind that stance. Ensuring a safe environment is fundamental to achieving our mission.

Culture of Safety

BGCPBC continually updates robust safety policies, programs and training for our staff and volunteers that are designed to promote child safety and protect young people from threats that are present in our society.

Safety Policies

BGCPBC has comprehensive safety policies in place that protect our Club members – including, but not limited to, supervision, transportation, communication and prohibiting private one-on-one contact. Our Employee Handbook and Club Operations Manual include layers of safety policies and operational guidelines to keep our kids safe. We continually improve and add to these on a regular basis.

Mandatory Background Checks

Safety begins upon an employee’s offer of employment with a Drug Screening and a Level II criminal background check, which is the most stringent level of background check required by the Department of Children and Families/Agency for Healthcare Administration for individuals working with children.

The Level II background check includes Florida and FBI Criminal History and Florida Abuse History (Florida Child Abuse and Neglect Registry), and Sex Offender Registry. Background screenings for all BGCPBC employees are updated annually, and we have a random drug screening process that is conducted monthly.

Required Immediate Reporting

BGCPBC 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.

Mandatory Annual Safety Assessments

We complete a safety assessment each year to ensure we continually make improvements to safety at our Clubs.

Safety Trainings

Ongoing training and supervision of staff is critical. New employees participate in a week-long onboarding process. Our policies and procedures are thoroughly reviewed with new staff. Staff communicate their understanding of the policies by signing an acknowledgment form. Our safety training team continues their staff training on these policies year-round to keep these critical child and employee safety measures top of mind of all BGCPBC staff.

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.

Safety Committee

BGCPBC has a dedicated board-led safety committee to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies. In order to elevate safety to the highest level we have annual safety assessments conducted by third-party evaluators.

Secure Facilities

Safety is not complete without the commitment to keep our facilities safe – both for our Club Members and staff. We invest nearly $250,000 annually on facility improvements and safety equipment such as high definition, night vision cameras in each room at our Clubs

Mandatory Employee Reference

Any employee interested in moving to another Boys & Girls Club is required to have a reference from the previous Club, even if the Clubs are within the same community.

State And Local Laws

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

Safety Partnerships

Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America works with leading experts in the areas of safety, security and technology to develop state-of-the-art solutions for Clubs. Partners include: National Child Safety Advisory Task Force, made up of leading experts and organizations Blue Ribbon Taskforce, comprised of local Club leaders charged with providing input on the safety direction and key safety initiatives, Mental Health First Aid, a national program that teaches skills to recognize and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse, and Crisis Text Line, a confidential text message service for youth in times of crisis.

Locally, we partner with:

24-hour Toll-free Child Safety Hotline

We encourage all staff, members and families to report any incident or situation they feel is unsafe. Through our national partnership with Praesidium, one of the nation’s leading safety experts, BGCPBC members and staff have access to a confidential 24-hour toll-free Child Safety Hotline, 866-607-SAFE (7233) or email


National Child Abuse Hotline

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

Provides employees, volunteers, parents, and youth with an anonymous helpline for reporting of suspicious or inappropriate behaviors regarding children.

Ethics Point Hotline

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.

Opioid and Substance Abuse

Although opioid use is low among youth, many communities have high rates of use among adults. Exposure to substance use and misuse can traumatize youth, and the experience of this trauma predisposes them to future substance use to other negative health outcomes into adulthood. Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is committed to helping the community and work to prevent and reduce the negative impact of opioid and substance abuse among all youth. For additional information that could help, we have provided resources for your well being and to keep you informed.

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. To learn more about our national safety policies and actions, please visit Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Child Safety page, here.


Connect with Us

Do you have questions about the Club? Reach out and connect with us.


800 Northpoint Parkway Suite 204,
West Palm Beach, Florida 33407

Thank you to our partners
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