BLOOMFIELD -- The Boys & Girls Club of Bloomfield has learned that an alleged child abuser has been discovered residing in the vicinity of one of our Club facilities. We are deeply concerned by this situation, and are cooperating fully with law enforcement authorities in the investigation of this matter.

It should be clearly understood that none of the allegations that have surfaced involve the Club or our members in any way.

The safety and protection of the children we serve is the number one priority of the Boys & Girls Club. Our organization is committed to the highest standards of ethical behavior and integrity, and does not tolerate inappropriate or illegal activity on the part of any club staff, volunteer or youth member. In addition, all employees and volunteers must undergo a thorough criminal background check.

The statement below from Boys & Girls Clubs of America contains additional information about our organization?s commitment to child protection and safety.

Statement from Boys & Girls Clubs of America:

Child safety and protection is the number one priority for Boys & Girls Clubs, as it should be for all youth development and child service organizations.

Boys & Girls clubs apply intense due diligence to all aspects of policy and operations, to reduce risk and provide a safe, secure environment. Every Boys & Girls Club professional and volunteer who has direct access to children is required to undergo a thorough background check every year. Clubs follow policies that ensure more than one adult is present at all times, and adopt a zero-tolerance stance toward any inappropriate behavior on the part of professional staff, volunteers, parents and members.

Detecting and preventing child predators from gaining access to children is a demanding, full-time challenge that requires unwavering diligence. Predators don?t fit a standard stereotype. Everyone involved with the organization ? administrators, employees, volunteers, parents and the children themselves ? are instructed to speak out if something seems wrong or out-of-place. Staff are trained to follow through by reporting any incident to the appropriate authority. If there is a claim of misconduct, the clubs cooperate fully with investigating authorities to make sure all facts are uncovered as swiftly and thoroughly as possible, so that justice may be applied.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the national organization, works closely with local clubs in carefully reviewing safety systems and procedures, to assure that all measures are taken to implement the strictest prevention measures possible. Every step is taken to keep club members safe and protected at all times.

 

Sarah Lorett is the Executive Director/CPO of the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomfield.