A new story came to light this month about abuse in youth sports. A young figure skater accused an older skater of abuse. The abuser’s coaches and others discouraged the victim and her parents from coming forward and pursuing charges against the abuser.…continue reading the rest of Abuse of Young Athlete Swept Under the Rug
Imagine a scenario that could happen at any community organization. A fire caused by an old electrical panel starts in a maintenance room. Soon, smoke is filling the building and patrons are rushing for the exits. The exit from the pool area is blocked by pool toys. An exit from a fitness studio can’t be opened because heavy snow is piled outside of it. The evacuation is slowed as everyone tries to find accessible exits, adding to the chaos and confusion.…continue reading the rest of Emergency Exits and Evacuation Routes
A record-breaking verdict was recently handed down in an Illinois civil lawsuit involving the drowning death of six-year-old Michal Duda. After deliberating only an hour and 20 minutes, jurors awarded the family of the child 21.5 million dollars. This is the highest verdict for a drowning in the state of Illinois. It’s also among the highest for the death of a child in the state.…continue reading the rest of Huge Verdict for Family in Drowning Lawsuit
It’s that time of year when snow, ice, and wind make driving more treacherous. Many accidents happen during the winter months when road conditions deteriorate and drivers are dealing with hazardous weather. While there are times it may be possible to stay off the road, if you have to drive in winter weather, here are a few simple tips that can help keep you safe.…continue reading the rest of Winter Driving Tips
An employee at an aquatics center was arrested after a camera was found in the changing area for lifeguards at the facility. Upon further investigation, the police discovered the camera was synced to the employee’s phone and was used to film an underage lifeguard changing her clothes. Video footage showed that the employee placed the camera specifically to capture the lifeguard changing. The employee’s phone was found to have other images of child pornography on it when the police searched it.…continue reading the rest of Camera Placed by Employee Captures Illicit Images
There are many stories every week about abuse at childcare facilities. Unfortunately, a recent story from Texas stands out as especially disturbing. A longtime, respected in-home provider was arrested for abusing children in her care. This provider had been in operation since 1995 and had even won an award from the Texas Association for the Education of the Young Child. She was their classroom teacher of the year in 2014. Her website features photos of happy children playing outside. She had many five-star reviews on Yelp and other sites, and her most recent state inspections only turned up minor infractions.…continue reading the rest of Missed Childcare Red Flags
A common feature at child-centered organizations is playground equipment, both indoors and outdoors. Children love climbing and sliding, and plenty of play is good for their physical development. However, we also see many claims from children who get hurt from falls from this equipment. Organizations need to be mindful of correct installation and supervision to keep kids safe.…continue reading the rest of Playground Safety Issues
A childcare provider in Colorado was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison after an infant died in her care. She had put the child down for a nap in a crib with many adult-sized sheets. The provider later checked on the child and found the baby unresponsive. The coroner’s office found that the cause of death was undetermined but commented that an “unsafe sleeping environment most likely contributed to the victim’s death.”…continue reading the rest of Unsafe Sleep Practices and Tragedies in Childcare
One of our loss prevention experts reported an interesting situation at a facility with a swimming pool. After taking photos of their children playing in the pool, a parent posted them online. Another parent, whose child was visible in the photos, was upset to see their child on the internet and complained to the facility. With smart phones, everyone has a camera in their hands these days and parents are often documenting their kids’ activities and then sharing them on the internet. So how can organizations handle these situations?…continue reading the rest of Photos and Children-What Should an Organization Do?
Summer is finally here! The warm weather brings more people outside going for walks, spending time at pools and lakes, and taking their children to playgrounds. It’s also summer camp season; thousands of children spend part of the summer exploring the outdoors with their peers. Unfortunately, warm weather also means it’s mosquito and tick season. These insects can cause serious illnesses so it’s important to take precautions when spending time outside.…continue reading the rest of Tick Season is Here...Are You Ready?