Abuse of Young Athlete Swept Under the Rug

December 16, 2019

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.

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Huge Verdict for Family in Drowning Lawsuit

December 20, 2018

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.

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Missed Childcare Red Flags

September 28, 2018

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.

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Playground Safety Issues

August 29, 2018

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.

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Unsafe Sleep Practices and Tragedies in Childcare

July 31, 2018

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.”

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Photos and Children-What Should an Organization Do?

June 26, 2018

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?

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Tick Season is Here...Are You Ready?

May 29, 2018

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.

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Swimmer Saves Rival from Drowning

April 27, 2018

At a high school swim meet in Michigan, Xavier Staubs had just finished the last leg of a relay race. He noticed one of his rivals, Kamrin Samson, in another lane struggling and sinking to the bottom. Fans in the stands were frantically signaling that the swimmer needed help. Xavier, with the help of another teammate, dove to the bottom and pulled Kamrin up and out of the pool, perhaps saving his life. Kamrin indicated that he may have held his breath too long during his leg of the relay.

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Accommodating Children with Disabilities

March 28, 2018

One of our loss prevention representatives was recently asked about including children with disabilities in camp activities. This organization had heard about the YMCA of Metro Chicago settling a discrimination complaint after they refused to train staff on how to administer glucagon shots to a child with diabetes. This led to a conversation about accommodating children with different disabilities at the organization’s camp.

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Fatal Allergic Reactions

November 29, 2017

A recent tragedy at a preschool in New York City has been making headlines across the country. A three year old with a known dairy allergy was fed a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. He went into anaphylactic shock and was rushed to the hospital by his mother. Unfortunately, the hospital was unable to save him. Now the preschool has been shut down pending an investigation and sadly a family has been irreparably broken.

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