It’s always been my intention to make sure that we’re doing what we can to make sure that all attendees at our events are safe. I’ve said in the past that I think that means that many volunteers need background checks, volunteers who work with our youth need training and guidelines on appropriate conduct, and so on.
This week I’ve finalized a contract to run background checks. So, potential volunteers, if you’re going to be responsible for major projects or working with children, expect that request to be coming. We will cover the costs of those checks.
I’ve also gotten a working account to check kids in and out of activities. Things where parents are expected to be present the whole time won’t require this, but it will grow with us. Key features are that it will allow us to have nametags printed for adults and kids so we can match you up and get everyone back where they belong, and it will allow us to text a child’s adult(s) if we need them back right away.
I will have to start looking for a printer for this – it’s possible I already have one that works, but if not I’ll have to get that and a couple rolls of labels before we are ready to roll.
Finally, I also have name badge holders on order, ready for folks to make nametags at upcoming events. If you don’t already have a Spiral Moon lanyard, I’ll have them ready too.
As you may or may not know, we have a safeguarding policy which specifically details things that are required for all working with vulnerable populations, and we do not tolerate harassment – our anti-harassment policy is available on the same page.