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BeMe Child Safeguarding Policy


1. Introduction

  • An overview of BeMe Health's commitment to safeguarding children.
  • It is crucial for BeMe employees to create a safe environment for children who are engaged with the organization.

2. Scope

  • Applies to all BeMe employees, BeMe Coaches, contractors, and interns.

3. Objectives

  • To protect children from harm on the BeMe app (which includes our coaching services) and with our Teen Advisory Board activities.
  • Ensure a culture of awareness, respect, and understanding of children’s rights and safety.

4. Required Child Safeguarding Training

  • Identifying and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect: Employees learn to recognize signs of abuse and neglect and understand the steps to take in response.
  • An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care: Training focuses on caring for children with a history of trauma, recognizing the signs, and providing appropriate support.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Competence for the Healthcare Employee: Promoting an inclusive environment that respects the diverse backgrounds of all children.
  • KidAware COPPA Training: Specialized training on protecting children's data in compliance with COPPA, emphasizing privacy and digital safety.

5. Mandatory Background Screening

  • Regardless of their role, all employees, contractors, and coaches undergo mandatory background checks prior to their onboarding.
  • The background screen includes Crim Radar, Multi-State Sex Offender Registry, FACIS Level 1 Search, OIG/GSA Registries Search, and other screenings relevant to ensuring the safety of children.

6. Reporting and Responding

  • Clear procedures for reporting suspected abuse or neglect.
  • Steps for immediate action to ensure the child’s safety.
  • Coordinate with local authorities and child protection services as necessary.

7. Review and Update

  • Regularly review the policies and procedures to incorporate best practices and comply with legal and ethical standards.
  • Update training modules as needed to reflect current knowledge and regulations.

8. Compliance

  • Compliance with all relevant local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning child protection.
  • Employees must understand that non-compliance with this policy may result in disciplinary action, including termination.

9. Support and Resources

  • Provide employees with resources and contacts for guidance on safeguarding issues.
  • Encouragement to maintain an open dialogue about concerns and challenges related to child safety.

Effective Date: March 7, 2024