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Safe Gatherings Tip

Monday, April 24th, 2017

If you are the administrator on your Safe Gatherings account, we have two tips for you in this newsletter: 1. Look for a new report in your email. As you have applicants that expire and need to renew their Safe Gatherings approval, you will receive an email with details of which applicants need attention. 2. […]

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Safe Gatherings Featured in Kansas City Publication

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Safe Gatherings and founder Sharon Holt were recently featured in Thinking Bigger Business, a publication of Thinking Bigger Business Media. Check out the article here.

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Spring Into Action

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The long winter days are behind us and spring has sprung. As a busy staff member, you are probably juggling today’s activities, planning for next week, and thinking ahead to summer events. Do you have a plan in place for the staff and volunteers who will work these events? Here’s what we know: Kids want […]

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Protect AND Serve

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Nearly 40 years ago, 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from his SoHo neighborhood in New York City. He went missing on his way to a school bus stop in May 1979 and was never seen again. He was one of the first missing children to appear on a milk carton. This month, the case was put […]

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Federal child abuse numbers raise slightly

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Cases of child abuse and neglect were up for the third consecutive year, according to Child Maltreatment 2015, the 26th edition of the annual Child Maltreatment series published in late January. States provide the data for this report through the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). The entire report is available through the […]

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An Unanswered Cry for Help

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

On December 30, a 12-year-old student at Cedartown Middle School in Polk County, Ga., took a live video while she hanged herself in her backyard. In the video, she says she was sexually and physically abused by a relative. The video, initially posted through the livestream app LiveMe, went viral and was uploaded to sites […]

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I’m Going to Count to 3 …

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

As someone who works with children, you know there are some situations that are inevitable around little ones. You’ll be wiping noses, cleaning up crumbs, using tissues to brush tears away, and then there’s that other task—discipline. No matter how long your volunteer shift or work day is, there will be times during the day […]

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What Would You Do?

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Imagine this scenario: You are a volunteer working late and you look out the window to see an acquaintance of yours, Mike, dropping off a young child back to the facility where you are volunteering. They were alone in the car, and the child looks upset as she runs back into the facility. Mike has […]

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Safe Gatherings Tip

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

If you are the administrator on your Safe Gatherings account, did you know that you can easily change your payment options in the Safe Gatherings system? It’s easy and takes just one step. “How do I change from Applicant Pay to Organization Pay?” is a common question we get from Safe Gatherings administrators. It’s easy […]

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Safe Gatherings Tip

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Are your applicants having trouble finding their church, school, or organization during the registration process? We’ve made changes to help clarify the process. “My church or organization isn’t on the list” is a common statement from applicants who are new to Safe Gatherings. That’s why Safe Gatherings has added new language to the first page […]

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Recognizing Sexual Abuse

Monday, October 24th, 2016

As someone who works with children and youth, you probably know the basic definition of sexual abuse. According to childhelp.org, sexual abuse occurs when an adult (or older/more powerful child) uses a child for sexual purposes or involves a child in sexual acts. In addition to the physical aspect, sexual abuse can also involve non-contact […]

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What Would You Do?

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Imagine this scenario: You are a volunteer at your church, school, or organization’s Trunk or Treat event. Your main task is to make sure that kids are following the path of cars to keep the line moving. You notice a man walking around with a camera, taking photos of children. You don’t recognize the guy, […]

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