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Guidelines Available for Youth Services Programs Employees and Volunteers

June 14, 2019

APM 05.12, Protection of Minors Standards, requires all programs that serve youth (or are attended by minors) to screen, select and train employees and volunteers. The Risk Management and Insurance Office has guidelines available for all University of Idaho faculty and staff to use when working with minors.

When reviewing applications and references, red flags include but are not limited to: date gaps, incomplete information, work positions with the same type of children, problems with authority, reluctant or evasive references, references who haven't know the applicant for long.

Training for employees and volunteers is based on the type of contact they have with minors. If an employee/volunteer will be alone with youth, APM 05.12 standards define that person as an "Authorized Adult." To screen and select an authorized adult, units must have documentation of an application, a face-to-face interview using behaviorally based questions, reference checks, background check and signed Code of Behavior. Authorized Adults take four training courses covering mandatory reporting, an overview of the abuse risk, identifying and reporting misconduct and hiring staff. Additional details are at the Protection of Minors Standards. Questions? Contact risk@uidaho.edu.

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