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  • 1. Form a Child Safety Committee
  • 2. Create Opportunities for Community Dialogue
  • 3. Screen Employees and Volunteers
  • 4. Assess your Space
  • 5. Implement Guidelines for Interacting with Youth
  • 6. Train Adults
  • 7. Support Victim-Survivors
  • 8. Develop Protocols for Responding
  • 9. Empower Youth
  • 10. Maintain & Evaluate your Child Safety Program

Assess your Space

וְיָשַׁב עַמִּי בִּנְוֵה שָׁלוֹם וּבְמִשְׁכְּנוֹת מִבְטַחִים וּבִמְנוּחֹת שַׁאֲנַנּוֹת

My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. (Isaiah 32:18)

Why Assess your Space?

Best Practice 4: Assess your Space is about evaluating the safety of your physical site’s design and access to each space in your facility. There are two basic ways that your institution can decrease risk in vulnerable areas of your building: by careful design of the physical space and by utilizing supervision. Your organization should aim for all activities on its premises to be conducted in a space that is visible and interruptible. This Best Practice will describe how to run a physical site assessment and provide you with suggestions for improving the safety of each space in your facility so that our organizations will be partners in Isaiah’s promise of a Jewish people abiding “in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”

Assessing your Space Includes the Following Steps:

  • Goal


    Assess the Design of your Space
  • Goal


    Assess the Access of your Space
  • Goal


    Partner with your Building/Security Team

Tools to Guide You in Implementation:

    Pre-Practice Survey
    Worksheet: Design
    Building Blueprint
    Worksheet: Access
    Building Walk-Through
    FAQ on Anti-Terrorism Measures
    Graph for Creative Solutions
    Post-Practice Survey

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