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HB 1784: Concerning creation of a certified child safety policy

HB 1784 would amend current Department of Health statute to create certified child safety standards. Child safety policy standards  must include: Screening and selecting employees and volunteer; guidelines on interactions between individuals; monitoring employee and volunteers; ensuring safe environments; responding to inappropriate behavior, breaches in policy, and allegations; and training about child sexual abuse prevention.  The bill would require the department to contract with a child safety certification provider to develop a certified child safety policy for all youth recreational organizations. Child safety certification provider means a nongovernmental organization that has experience I reducing the likelihood of child sexual assault and misconduct that is selected by the department to develop a certified child safety policy, certifying that youth recreational organizations have a child safety policy that meets minimum standards and providing assistance to youth recreational organizations in developing and implementing those child safety policies. The child safety certification provider would create a set of minimum standards that would be available by January 1, 2018 and that youth recreational organizations would have to meet. Additionally the bill would require the department to select a five county pilot program and collaborate with the child safety certification provider and local governments to ensure that all local government youth recreational organizations have established and implemented a certified child safety policy by December 1, 2018. The bill would also require the department to submit a report to the legislator by December 15, 2018.