Youth Protection

Nonprofits that serve or work with young people have an added responsibility to be watchful for the safety of their young clientele. The Nonprofit Risk Management Center was founded by leaders of prominent youth-serving organizations who saw the need for an independent, nonprofit entity to champion the development of strong youth protection practices in the sector.

For more than 25 years, NRMC team members have been advising, coaching and supporting leaders of youth-serving nonprofits as they strive to better understand the risks that arise from serving young clients. NRMC offers countless youth protection resources geared to youth-serving nonprofits, and our catalog includes several highly relevant titles, such as Staff Screening Notebook, The Season of Hope, and More Than a Matter of Trust.

If your commitment to youth protection includes verifying that your current practices are truly suited to your mission, culture and risk landscape, we invite you to consider partnering with us for a Youth Protection Risk Assessment. During an assessment our team will review existing written policies and your history with near-misses, incidents and claims. We will speak directly to key stakeholders selected by you to identify how your current policies are perceived, understood and practiced. Key deliverables in an assessment include:

  • Draft and final reports containing our independent assessment of your risk landscape, top risks, policy and practice strengths, and specific recommendations to strengthen youth protection
  • Redlined versions of existing policies and operational materials highlighting our suggested simplifications and changes
  • Content for any new training or materials we suggest to convey the goals and components of your youth protection program
  • Briefings to the board or other leadership teams regarding our findings and recommendations
  • Post-engagement coaching to support the implementation of our recommendations

Many NRMC youth protection engagements also include:

  • The design and delivery of a risk portal containing an organization’s youth protection policies, courses and related material
  • Assistance updating background check policies and procedures, including the drafting of disqualifying criteria and vetting of background check providers

To request a proposal or learn more about the youth protection services available from our team, contact Melanie Lockwood Herman at 703.777.3504.