Proper supervision plays a key role in protecting student safety and limiting potential problems. Good supervision not only helps deter abuse but helps avoid false allegations of abuse.
The goal is to prevent situations where one employee, volunteer, coach, etc. is alone with a student anywhere on or off campus where they cannot easily be supervised and interrupted.
Superior supervision starts with good hiring practices, advanced planning, and creating effective policies for all activities, discipline issues, or possible emergencies.
Once you’ve created supervision policies, training and accountability are key to making them successful. One way to hold employees, volunteers, and coaches accountable is to establish a code of conduct. Annually, require that all employees, volunteers, and coaches commit to protecting the students in their care. A local attorney can help with language specific to your state’s laws.
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