Educator Sexual Misconduct Policy and Audit Guide

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EduRisk developed this guide to assist educational organizations in establishing a comprehensive risk management program to protect children from sexual misconduct. The guide covers prevention strategies, responses to allegations and incidents, and special issues for non-employed staff. The following is a brief outline of material covered in the guide:

Prevention of Sexual Misconduct

  • Child Protection Team: All schools need a team of educators who will take primary responsibility for protecting children. 
  • Selection and Placement: Implement policies pertaining to the screening and placement of all educators. 
  • Code of Conduct: Enforce behavioral rules and guidelines pertaining to educators in their interactions with children, managing child behavior, personal behavior, and computer use.
  • Training and Education: Conduct training programs for educators on the prevention and response to sexual misconduct. Educate and disseminate information to children, parents, and other family members on the warning signs of sexual misconduct, suspicious behavior by educators, and ways to keep children safe.
  • Supervision: Ensure that adequate supervision is provided to all educators and children. 
  • Access and Program Policies: Establish policies on how access is granted to children.

Response to Allegations and Incidents

  • Reporting: Develop policies on internal school reporting of code of conduct violations, and on reporting potential criminal law violations to government authorities.
  • Investigations: Establish policies on how the school will investigate allegations or incidents involving educator code of conduct violations.
  • Discipline and Dismissal: State the range of disciplinary consequences and procedures for taking corrective actions when educators have engaged in code of conduct violations with children, including sexual misconduct.
  • Crisis Response and Communications: Develop a plan for handling allegations and incidents of educator sexual misconduct. 

For more detail and resources, including an audit checklist and legal standards, read the full Educator Sexual Misconduct Policy and Audit Guide

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