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Protection of Minors 101

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Protection of Minors 101
Description
An educational module designed for all Vanderbilt University Faculty, Staff, Students, and Volunteers who interact with and/or supervise minors under 18 years of age in Vanderbilt Programs or Operations. This is the first level training required by all VU personnel working with minors; subsequent annual training will only be permitted with this course completed as a prerequisite.

Objectives
List the steps to file a report or allegation of abuse
Summarize behavior and boundary red flags in personnel working with minors
Apply risk mitigation techniques in personal situations and programmatic elements to improve safety for minors.


Protection of Minors 101

Thank you!

Vanderbilt Office of Risk and Insurance Management - Protection of Minors: This is the resource page for the Protection of Minors at Vanderbilt. You must have a VUNET ID to access. The site contains all forms, policy and reporting guidelines for the University. https://www4.vanderbilt.edu/riskmanagement/protectionofminorslanding%20page.php

Tennessee Children's Advocacy Centers: Statewide organization that supports local centers that respond to child sexual abuse. http://tncac.org/

Our Kids: Our Kids mission is to provide expert medical evaluations and crisis counseling services in response to concerns of child sexual abuse, and to increase community awareness, conduct research, and offer education about training about child maltreatment. https://ourkidscenter.com/

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Detailed Resource on Normal Sexual Development in Children

Center for Child Protection and Well Being (CARE Team) at Vanderbilt Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital: Our team of trained child abuse pediatricians and a nurse practitioner, working with experienced pediatric social workers, provide medical evaluations when concerns about possible abuse or neglect arise. Training and education is also available.

United Educators: United Educators offers a myriad of information related to minors on campus as well as many other
University issues. An account can be created by utilizing the VU institutional code: 1784-UN37-XY12. The website contains up to date information on topics as well as a training portal for online training.

Vanderbilt EAP:Employee Assistance Program: If you have experienced or are experiencing abuse, the Employee Assistance Program of Work/Life Connections-EAP is available to the Vanderbilt University staff including full-time, part-time and VTS employees and their spouses or domestic partners.

Vanderbilt Student PCC- Psychological Counseling Center: If you are a VU student and you have experienced or are experiencing abuse, the PCC offers services to Vanderbilt Students that include individual and group psychotherapy, psychiatric services, LD/ADHD assessment, reading and study skills counseling, alcohol and drug evaluations/counseling, and community outreach.


Course Resources

I certify that I have read and understand Vanderbilt’s policy on the Protection of Minors, including the standards defined in the Code of Conduct for interacting with minors.
I have had an opportunity to raise any questions I have about this policy and I have done so if necessary. By my affirmative answer below, I understand and agree that:
I will abide by all provisions included in the Protection of Minors policy.
I am a mandated reporter of child abuse, pursuant to Tennessee law, and that I will follow immediate reporting procedures if I witness, suspect, or hear about child abuse incidents (including but not limited to suspicions of child sexual abuse).
I will abide by the Code of Conduct included in this policy and will report any behavior that is not permitted or could be construed as a conduct code violation.

Vanderbilt’s intention in the policy is to create an environment that improves the safety for minors in Vanderbilt programs, and that any reporting will be viewed as a good faith effort to adhere to the reporting requirements.

Attestation Signature

When transporting minors in a program, more than one adult from the program must be present in the vehicle, except when multiple minors will be in the vehicle at all times through the transportation.
Do not meet with Minors outside of established times for program activities. Any exceptions require parental authorization and must include more than one adult from the program.
Telling children "this is just between the two of us" is permissible if the minor has a secret to share. - This is NOT permitted under the Code of Conduct
Do not spend time alone, either on or off campus, with a Minor away from others. If one-on-one interaction is required, meet in open, well lit rooms or spaces with windows observable by other adults from the Program.


Which of the following is
NOT
part of the Vanderbilt "Code of Conduct For Interacting With Minors and Identifying Child Abuse" found in Appendix A of the Protection of Minors Policy?

The policy is available on the websites of the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Risk and Insurance Management, as well as linked on University Compliance websites.

Protection of Minors Policy link - please open and read through the policy. You may want to keep it open when reviewing the next two knowledge check questions.

https://www4.vanderbilt.edu/riskmanagement/Policy_FINAL%20-%20risk%20management%20v2.pdf
If your program requires meeting with minors one-on-one, what can you do to reduce risk factors?

Make sure the door is closed.
Tape paper over any glass in the door so others can't see inside.
Meet in open spaces, or in an office with an open door or window; inform parents that the program may necessitate one-on-one meetings.
Meet out of sight of other minors and program staff.


Violations of the child's personal space
Inappropriate sexual conversations or innuendo with children
Encouraging a child to keep secrets from parents or guardians
All of the above are correct


Child sexual offenders will often test boundaries using what tactics?

A. External Report to either Department of Children's Service or Law Enforcement
B. Internal Report to the Program Coordinator
C. Internal Report to the Program Coordinator and the Office of Risk and Insurance Management
D. Answers A and C are both correct


According to Tennessee Law and Vanderbilt Policy on the Protection of Minors, if a person working in or representing Vanderbilt in a program for minors is suspected or accused of abusing a minor participant, what reporting is required?

A. External Report to either Department of Children's Service or Law Enforcement
B. Internal Report to the Program Coordinator
C. Internal Report to the Program Coordinator and the Office of Risk and Insurance Management
D. Answers A and C are both correct


According to Tennessee Law and Vanderbilt Policy on the Protection of Minors, if a person working in or representing Vanderbilt in a program for minors is suspected or accused of abusing a minor participant, what reporting is required?

Under Tennessee law, we are all responsible for reporting when we reasonably suspect child abuse has occurred.

Answer: (A.) Everyone

Everyone
Only school teachers
Only health care professionals and school teachers
Only juvenile court workers, health care professionals, and school teachers


Who is required to report suspicions of child abuse?

Description
An educational module designed for all Vanderbilt University Faculty, Staff, Students, and Volunteers who interact with and/or supervise minors under 18 years of age in Vanderbilt Programs or Operations. This is the first level training required by all VU personnel working with minors; subsequent annual training will only be permitted with this course completed as a prerequisite.

Objectives
List the steps to file a report or allegation of abuse
Summarize behavior and boundary red flags in personnel working with minors
Apply risk mitigation techniques in personal situations and programmatic elements to improve safety for minors.


Protection of Minors 101

When transporting minors in a program, more than one adult from the program must be present in the vehicle, except when multiple minors will be in the vehicle at all times through the transportation.
Do not meet with Minors outside of established times for program activities. Any exceptions require parental authorization and must include more than one adult from the program.
Telling children "this is just between the two of us" is permissible if the minor has a secret to share.
Do not spend time alone, either on or off campus, with a Minor away from others. If one-on-one interaction is required, meet in open, well lit rooms or spaces with windows observable by other adults from the Program.


Which of the following is
NOT
part of the Vanderbilt "Code of Conduct For Interacting With Minors and Identifying Child Abuse" found in Appendix A of the Protection of Minors Policy?

True
False

The Protection of Minors policy requires personnel to complete child abuse prevention and policy training as well as background check clearance in order to work with minors in Vanderbilt programs.

True
False

The Protection of Minors policy requires personnel to complete child abuse prevention and policy training as well as background check clearance in order to work with minors in Vanderbilt programs.

Make sure the door is closed.
Tape paper over any glass in the door so others can't see inside.
Meet in open spaces, or in an office with an open door or window; inform parents that the program may necessitate one-on-one meetings.
Meet out of sight of other minors and program staff.


If your program requires meeting with minors one-on-one, what can you do to reduce risk factors?

Child sexual offenders will often test boundaries using what tactics?

Violations of the child's personal space
Inappropriate sexual conversations or innuendo with children
Encouraging a child to keep secrets from parents or guardians
All of the above are correct


NOTE - these "knowedge check" questions will be cumulated in a final instrument you will complete and submit for for course completion credit.
Please select the link below to complete your knowledge check online and click submit to receive Protection of Minors 101 training compliance.
https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=3ELMD4LJEM

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