Youth-Serving Organizations

  • Be aware that background checks are only a start, not a guarantee, to protecting the children you serve.

  • When constructing policies for sexual safety of children, remember that other children and teens are as likely to cause sexual trauma as adults.

  • Educate staff on the prevalence of child-on-child and sibling sexual harm, so that they will be ready to believe evidence or disclosures of sexual abuse caused by siblings or other children.

  • Include the possibility of child-on-child or sibling-caused sexual abuse in mandatory reporter training.

  • Have information, resources, and referrals ready in case a child reports sexual abuse, including that caused by a sibling, other child, or other family member.

  • Provide opportunities to educate parents about effective prevention of child sexual abuse.

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