Abuse Prevention & Safety Programs for Independent Schools

SOS ThreeSixty is a team of safety experts providing comprehensive training and policy support to independent schools and organizations that focus on children’s growth and education.

We understand the unique privilege and enormous responsibility that comes with working with children and being an integral part of their present and future success. We create abuse prevention and safety solutions for private and independent schools, camps, and other youth development programs.

The SOS ThreeSixty team has devoted their lives and careers to protecting children via effective policy and training. Our programs exceed the requirements of most insurers.

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Abuse Prevention & Safety Training for Schools

SOS ThreeSixty delivers comprehensive, interactive training programs to ensure that everyone working in your organization maintains the highest safety standards.

We work with you to ensure these trainings are in line with your culture and address overall safety concerns, as well as those specific to your location and participants. Our trainings include self-paced online modules, live online sessions, and optional in-person workshops on your campus.

Upon completion your entire staff will understand the importance of boundaries. Clearly defined roles, responsibilities and reporting will be established in a culture of safety that protects your entire school community. Certification and tracking will support insurance and legal requirements.

The essential elements of a Culture of Safety include clear staff/student boundaries, hiring practices that bring the right people into your school, and chaperone training to support safety off-campus as well.

Courses include :

Boundary Training – Creating a Culture of Safety

Effective and appropriate boundaries between staff and students are fundamental to having the safest school, where everyone in your community shares the same understanding of their responsibilities.

When educating staff about safety, policies and training must reflect a school’s culture. The information provided needs to be delivered in a way that is easily understood by all staff – teaching and non-teaching – and leaves no opportunity for misunderstanding.

The culture of your school is threaded throughout all activities in your community. Boundary Training should be no different. The training should be relatable and specific, to address any situation that may come up within your school.

The SOS ThreeSixty, Inc. program helps make your school safer and will engage the school community in a culture of student safety.

Safer Hiring Practices

It is critical for a school’s recruiting approach to include an analysis of how candidates will navigate the Culture of Safety.

Every individual who joins a school community should be screened for safety in the same way. Once your candidate becomes part of your circle of trust, they have immediate access to all students in your care.

It is critical that everyone responsible for hiring is trained on proper interviewing techniques that help identify the candidates who have the best intentions for working with and around children – and to screen out – those who don’t.

This program will be specific to your school and provide opportunities to go in-depth with the strategies that really get to the heart of who the candidate is. The lasting impact for you, is a much safer and comprehensive hiring process for your school.

Chaperone Training

The duties and responsibilities of a chaperone are vital to the success and safety of any fieldtrip. The chaperone’s primary responsibility is to help ensure the safety of students.

The SOS ThreeSixty Chaperone Training Program is a comprehensive safety training module to prepare chaperones to manage a variety of challenges that may arise on local, overnight, and international trips.

The focus is on avoiding problems through careful planning and proactive management. Your school’s chaperones will be much better prepared for all trips and will be safety leaders.

A review of – and suggested enhancements to – your school’s chaperone manual is also included.

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Online Boundary Training

Boundary Training for Schools: Creating a Culture of Safety is an asynchronous, 30-minute online course created specifically for Independent Schools.

Schools may provide the program to new hires throughout the year to ensure that everyone within their community is trained. A version of the course – specific to Canadian Independent Schools – is also available at no extra charge.

Child Safety First

Who should take the Boundary Training?

The SOS ThreeSixty, Inc. Boundary Training is intended for all school staff, as only an integrated safety community will effectively work together for student safety.

Policy Review

Clear polices will ensure that your internal and external stakeholders have clear and actionable abuse prevention guidance. Good policy will give the entire team a consistent, cohesive approach to safety and risk management while fulfilling insurance and legal requirements.

We work with you to identify risk areas and take appropriate action to mitigate them. The following are some of the areas we address:

  • Teacher/Student Boundaries on and off campus.
  • Misconduct Response.
  • Counsellor/Camper Boundaries.
  • Creating a Safer Environment for Coaches and Student Athletes.
  • Improved Social Media Policies.
  • Risk Management Protocols for Field Trips.
  • Visitor Policies.
  • Youth Misconduct Prevention and Response.
  • Best Practices for Diversity & Inclusion.
  • Updated Safety Policies for LBGTQ+ Students.

Your school’s policies are presented in audience-specific documents, including:

  • Employee Handbook.
  • Family Handbook.
  • Fieldtrip Protocols.

The SOS ThreeSixty Inc. policy review process will assess each of these key documents relative to best practice, compliance requirements, and your specific needs and objectives.

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