Health club operators should know what warning signs suggest an employee could be a child predator and take extra precautions to keep kids safe Photo by Thinkstock

Health club operators should know what warning signs suggest an employee could be a child predator and take extra precautions to keep kids safe. Photo by Thinkstock.

Club Operators Take Steps to Keep Kids Safe from Predators

A child abuse incident is not only devastating for the child, but it also can be devastating to a club’s reputation, especially if the club did not do employee background checks or ignored warning signs.

When a staff member at one of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas branches approached Crystal Chavarie with concerns about how a new staff member interacted with the children in one of the programs, Chavarie took the concern seriously. The entire staff had just completed child sexual abuse training, so Chavarie, vice president of risk management for the 22-branch Y, asked for more details. The staff member had been hired the week before, and while none of his behavior was overt, the concerned sta

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