Best Practices in Child Protection Symposium Taught Safety and Support of Young People

Nationally-known experts provided important information

Nearly 80 participants from a wide variety of youth serving organizations gathered at Base Camp on Tuesday, April 12 for the “Best Practices on Child Safety” symposium. Hosted by Northern Star Council as part of our vision of having a positive influence on all young people in our community, the symposium brought together nationally-known presenters on the subject. These were Victor Veith, Director of the Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center, Allison Feigh, Program Manager and Jane Straub, Victim Assistance Specialist, of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center. They provided important information on what youth organizations, staff and volunteers should know and do to help keep young people safe, as well as research insights and techniques to better support the young people we serve.

Highlights From the Day

The keynote address by Victor highlighted 10 things youth organization should know and do. Allison spelled out tangible teachable safety skills for professionals and ways to build empathy and Jane shared how to incorporate the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) research into our work with young people and families.

It was a day filled with new learning and the opportunity to meet and interact with others in our youth serving community. This quotation from one a participant evaluation is a good summary of the experience: “Overall a really great day with important information and great presenters.”

Future Events

The consensus was that we would like to hold future gatherings within our youth development community on topics of mutual interest. To help make this happen, we will actively seek partnerships with some of the organizations represented.

Copies of the PowerPoint presentations will be emailed to participants as well as certificates of completion that can be presented for possible continuing education credit.

If there are questions or if your organization is interested in working together for a future symposium, please contact Kent York, 651-254-91424 or

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