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What You Should Know About Mandatory Reporting

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

If you’ve taken the Safe Gatherings training, you’re familiar with the term “mandatory reporting.” You might be in a position at your school, church, or organization that designates you as a mandatory reporter, and maybe you’ve reported abuse in the past. But many people are unsure about mandatory reporting. Who is required to report? Does […]

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Admin Tip

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Have long lists of applicants in the Safe Gatherings system and someone you can’t find? We have added a new feature for administrators to help in this process! Previously, it was possible to sort applicants by first name only. This is manageable for a short list of applicants, but many groups have dozens, or even […]

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Safe Gatherings Gains Approval for Texas Camps

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

The Safe Gatherings training program has been approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services as an approved program for Texas youth camps. Contact Safe Gatherings today at 888-241-8258 for your abuse prevention training needs or to find out more about our system!      

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Eyes Wide Open

Monday, January 29th, 2018

When an abuse situation becomes breaking news, it is often accompanied by interviews with neighbors, family, friends, or others in the community who “wish they would have said something,” or saw the signs but, “weren’t sure,” and didn’t want to violate anyone’s privacy. Sometimes, people knew something was “off,” but failed to say anything. Such […]

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The Disturbing Art of Grooming

Monday, January 29th, 2018

If you look up the term “grooming” on a dictionary website, you’ll find a definition that sounds like this: “to get into readiness for a specific objective.” As it applies to those who prey on children and youth, you’ll find that word to be particularly disturbing. What exactly does grooming mean when it comes to […]

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What Would You Do?

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Imagine this scenario: You are a staff member at a youth camp, and a parent approaches you with questions about your showering policies. You look through your policies but can’t find anything related to the topic. What do you do? First, don’t panic. It’s not unusual for policies to be incomplete in one area or […]

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Safe Gatherings Tip

Monday, January 29th, 2018

We’d like to share some good news with you about a new feature you can share with your applicants. They now can recover their username if they have forgotten it! All they have to do is click on the “Forgot your username?” link and they will receive an email with the correct information. In addition, […]

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A Sex Offender in Church

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

“Love one another” and “forgiveness” are at the heart and core of the message of churches and other faith-based organizations. But one of the greatest challenges for a church can happen when someone in the congregation has been cast out from society because of wrongdoing. In particular, many churches struggle with what to do with […]

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Are Your Background Checks Worth Their Salt?

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

All background checks are not created equal. Hearing that a background check has been run on someone can provide a false sense of security. Background checks are a very good risk management tool, but can also be confusing. Are you receiving the individual’s most recent and accurate information—no matter where he or she has lived? […]

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What Would You Do?

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Imagine this scenario: You are the coordinator for your organization’s youth group. You get an angry call from a parent—her daughter’s photo was posted on the organization’s Instagram page and has gone viral. Some of the comments are not flattering to the girl, and she is very upset. What do you do? First, apologize to […]

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Admin Tip

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Do you know the most frequent reason that a Safe Gatherings application is delayed? Do you want to help speed up the process? The most frequent reason is because of references not responding to reference requests. There may be several reasons for this, including that the reference doesn’t see the email, it goes to the […]

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Admin Tip

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Did you know that we offer tutorials for administrators, staff, and applicants? We want to make it as easy as possible for you to share information about Safe Gatherings with people in your organization. If you’re getting a number of questions about a certain aspect of the Safe Gatherings system, call or email us—we probably […]

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