Child Safety


Ensuring the safety of children is fundamental to the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs. For more than 100 years, child protection and safety have been the bedrock principles of our work. 

In today's world, young people are faced with enormous challenges – from poverty to the high school dropout crisis to an obesity epidemic – that threaten their chance to have great futures. And, unfortunately, headlines remind us every day that we live in a dangerous world that puts too many young people – America's most precious resource – at serious risk.

Given these realities, we must be ever-vigilant in ensuring that our Clubs are safe havens for America's youth, staffed by caring adult mentors who have the best interests of kids at heart. While child safety has been priority #1 for Clubs throughout our history, our work in this area is never done.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is committed to helping Clubs provide a safe and secure experience for youth. Through the Child & Club Safety Department, we implement a six-step plan that follows the best practices available today, using the latest advances in technology and expertise:
  • All facilities and vehicles are required to comply with federal, state and local safety laws. 
  • Criminal background checks are required for every staff member and volunteer who has direct contact with children. BGCA partners with LexisNexis, the world's largest data company, to provide the most comprehensive screenings available today.
  • Ongoing training and supervision of staff are critical. Clubs participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted through seminars, conferences and webinars.
  • Clubs are required to report any suspected child abuse to local authorities. No adult should ever be alone with a child – all activities inside and outside the Club must have appropriate ratios of staff and members.
For Club-related child safety issues, contact the Child Safety Hotline at 866-607-SAFE (7233) or email For child safety concerns that are NOT related to a Boys & Girls Club, contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453).

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