Every year, countless children and young adults will attend summer camp. What best practices should guide counselor-camper interaction? How can training help ensure the safety and well-being of campers? These questions require sensitive and expert attention.
Camps that need assistance defining and implementing best practices in sexual abuse prevention, boundary guidelines, sexual harassment and other misconduct that arises in the camp setting and impacts the well-being of campers and staff can turn to T&M's experts, who are former sex crimes and child abuse prosecutors with years of experience investigating allegations of sexual misconduct and providing education and training on issues related to sexual abuse.
Our experts analyze existing camp policies, procedures and protocols pertaining to mandatory reporting, physical and emotional boundary guidelines, sexual harassment, hazing, bullying and other forms of child abuse and provide recommendations for enhancement. Recognizing the uniqueness of the camp environment, we help camp directors and other leaders incorporate realistic guidelines without instilling fear or harming the sense of community. If a camp has policies and protocols already in place, T&M works with the camp to augment existing policies for enhanced safety.
T&M develops and delivers custom training, education and prevention programs for camp administrators, counselors and other staff.
In the event that an allegation of sexual misconduct arises involving a member of the camp community, T&M engages in sensitive and skilled investigations, which include conducting interviews, gathering evidence and preparing detailed written reports of its findings.
T&M evaluates camps' past responses to incidents or claims of sexual misconduct and provides specific recommendations for improved handling of responses.