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
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 email@example.com.