Child & Club Safety

At, the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club, Child Safety is Job No. 1

Ensuring child safety is fundamental to the mission of the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club

The Safety and Wellbeing of Young People is Our Number One Priority We work every day to create a safe, fun environment so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life. We have ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct, and we put resources behind that stance. 

Culture of Safety: Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club continually updates robust safety policies, programs and training for our staff and volunteers that are designed to promote child safety and protect young people from threats that are present in our society. We implement layers of safety policies and guidelines to keep our kids safe including:
supervision, transportation, and communication. We have also implemented continuous safety training for our staff, including abuse identification and reporting training. We have a Board lead Safety Committee Chaired by Retired West Tisbury Police Chief Daniel Rossi.

Safety Policies: Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club has comprehensive safety policies in place that protect youth – including, but not limited to, supervision, transportation, communication and prohibiting private one-on-one contact. 

24-hour Toll-free Child Safety Hotline: We encourage all staff, members and families to report any incident or situation they feel is unsafe. Through our national partnership with Praesidium, one of the nation’s leading safety experts, Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club members and staff have access to  a confidential 24-hour toll-free Child Safety Hotline, 866-607-SAFE (7233) or email

Mandatory Background Checks:  Mandatory criminal background checks including searches in the National Sex Offender Registry are required every year for every staff, volunteer, and board members; as well as potential employees and volunteers at the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club.

Required Immediate Reporting:  Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club staff and volunteers are all mandated reporters. We are required to report any critical incident/safety concerns to local authorities immediately. We are also required to report any critical incident to Boys & Girls Clubs of America within 24 hours.

Mandatory Annual Safety Assessments:  Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club complete a safety assessment each year to ensure we continually make improvements to safety at our Club.

Safety Trainings: Ongoing training and supervision of staff is critical. We participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted such as in-person training locally and nationally, seminars, conferences, and webinars. We also engage leading third-party safety experts to provide guidance for our policies and approaches, including Praesidium, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the National Children’s Advocacy Center.

Safety Committee:  Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club has a dedicated safety committee to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies.

Mandatory Employee Reference: Any employee interested in moving to another Boys & Girls Club is required to have a reference from the previous Club, even if the Clubs are within the same community.   

State and Local Laws: We comply with federal, state and local safety laws, including those impacting facilities and vehicles. 

Safety Partnerships: Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America works with leading experts in the areas of safety, security and technology to develop state-of-the-art solutions for Clubs. Partners include:

  • National Child Safety Advisory Task Force, made up of leading experts and organizations.
  • Blue Ribbon Taskforce, comprised of local Club leaders charged with providing input on the safety direction and key safety initiatives.
  • Mental Health First Aid, a national program that teaches skills to recognize and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse.
  • Crisis Text Line, a confidential text message service for youth in times of crisis

Locally, Martha’s Vineyard partners with:

  • Children’s Cove
  • Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Martha’s Vineyard Tactical Response
  • Police Departments on Martha’s Vineyard
  • Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force
  • Massachusetts Attorney General Department of Community Engagement
  • Duke’s County Sheriff’s Department
  • Martha’s Vineyard Public School System Superintendent’s Office
  • Martha’s Vineyard Public School System Transportation Department
  • Kids Included Together (KIT)
  • Dukes County Manager
  • Edgartown Health Department
  • Martha’s Vineyard School Resource Officers
  • Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Martha’s Vineyard Community Services

Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has advocated the passage of the U.S. PROTECT Act, which improved background screening systems and access. The national organization has also partnered with the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Centers for Disease Control to contribute to the development of safety practices that benefit ALL youth-serving organizations.

America’s young people deserve nothing less than our constant focus on their safety and our firm commitment to protect every child who is entrusted to our care at Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club. To learn more about our national safety policies and actions, please visit Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Child Safety page, here.