Safety


The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook provides extensive detailed information regarding safety in working with volunteers online. The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook is available for purchase as a paperback and an ebook from Energize, Inc.

In addition to those very detailed resources in the book, here are more resources. Most are focused on the USA, but I think a lot of the recommendations are excellent for NGOs in any country.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has two excellent resources on protecting children online:

A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety

Internet Safety Tips for Kids

NetSmartz, an online resource by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to help parents and guardians, educators, law enforcement, teens and kids to learn about how young people can stay safe online.

Online Safety Toolkit 
, produced by the British Columbia Rural Women's Network (BCRWN), this free online publication offers advice to women for staying safe while using a variety of online tools, but it is relevant to everyone.

Kidding Around? Be Serious! A Commitment to Safe Service Opportunities for Young People. Free to download. This book discusses “risk relevant characteristics” of adolescents and children – knowledge that was especially helpful for those creating or managing online mentoring programs. If offers a realistic, effective risk management process for dealing with young people, and reviews how to approach different service scenarios involving young participants. If you have young volunteers working together in particular, online or onsite, this book is a MUST read.

Screening Volunteers to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse: A Community Guide for Youth Organizations. Free to download. There are explicit guidelines on interactions between individuals, detailed guidance on monitoring behavior, advice on training staff, volunteers and youth themselves about child sexual abuse prevention, and exactly how to respond to inappropriate behavior, breaches in policy, and allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse. Not focused on online interactions, but everything is adaptable.

Safe to Compete: An Introduction to Sound Practices for Keeping Children Safer in Youth-Serving Organizations. This document from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, published in 2013, is a framework for youth-serving organizations to guide their development of a sexual abuse prevention program. Again, not focused on online interactions, but everything is adaptable.

The **Alliance of Nonprofits for Insurance, Risk Retention Group (ANI)****series of free booklets** you can download, each of which explores specific liability issues faced by most nonprofits. Case studies and sample forms are included in each booklet.

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