Youth Protection


Rotary International is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in Rotary activities. It is the duty of all Rotarians, Rotarians' spouses, partners, and other volunteers to safeguard to the best of their ability the welfare of, and to prevent the physical sexual, or emotional abuse of, children and young people with whom they come into contact (Adopted by the RI Board of Directors, November 2002).
The above statement of conduct provides the basic principle for Rotarians to follow when working with young people in any capacity. A Youth Protection Program with specific plans and procedures will help to ensure that Rotarians and other volunteers exemplify this conduct. In addition, such a proactive approach will further demonstrate Rotary's commitment to youth, help prevent specific incidents of abuse or mitigate their negative effects, protect the long-term viability of youth programs, and strengthen the trust of participants and their parents.
District 5020 requires all clubs participating in youth activities within the district to comply with RI and District guidelines for abuse and harassment prevention. In order to assist clubs with this task District 5020 has developed and approved Guidelines for Rotary Youth Programs. To assist clubs a Youth Services Programs Club Checklist has been developed, which outlines in point form the responsibilities of each club in accordance with the District Guidelines for Rotary Youth Programs.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the District Youth Protection Officer, Becky Fontaine
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