Preventing Abuse at Cho-Yeh
Camp Cho-Yeh is proud to be a member of Praesidium’s Camp Care. Our decision to exceed national standards of care comes from our strong commitment to protect our staff, volunteers, and campers. Safety is always our primary concern for all camp programs, so we have partnered with Praesidium to make sure we have policies and procedures in place to facilitate effective monitoring and supervision in order to protect campers from abuse and staff and volunteers from false allegations of abuse. Below is an overview of the steps we take to keep our campers safe at Camp.
Studies have shown that spotlighting is one of biggest deterrents to potential predators. Throughout the application, interview and training process of our staff, we make it very clear that we are committed to keeping potential predators out of Camp Cho-Yeh and that Cho-Yeh will not be an easy target.
We believe that the best way to keep our campers safe is by keeping all potential abusers out of camp. Therefore, we are incredibly thorough in the screening of all staff. Each application is carefully read and reviewed by two full-time staff. Each applicant has a personal interview with either an assistant director or director. During the application and interview process, strategic questions are asked to help us identify red-flag answers. The vast majority of our new staff come recommended by our former staff. This helps us keep the quality of our staff incredibly high because we don’t often hire people totally unknown to the Cho-Yeh family.
All applicants must have three references and then submit a Voluntary Disclosure statement. Thorough national background checks are performed on all full-time and seasonal staff every year.
All staff complete an excellent online abuse prevention training program hosted by Praesidium. During staff training, we take the abuse prevention training and apply it to the Cho-Yeh setting. We make sure our summer staff all know the signs of an abuser and their role and responsibility in keeping our campers safe.
Policies and Procedures
Cho-Yeh has policies and procedures in place to facilitate effective monitoring and supervision in order to protect campers from abuse, and staff and volunteers from false allegations of abuse. For example, “The Rule of Three” ensures that a staff member is never alone with a camper when out of view of others.
When your campers come to Camp, we make sure they know that they have the right to be safe: “If someone makes me feel uncomfortable, scared, or hurt, I will yell “STOP” and GO TELL an adult who listens. I have a right to be safe. I deserve respect.”
Reporting and Response
Protocols are in place for all staff and campers to report suspected incidents.