Insurance a Burning Issue for Youth Agencies: Initiating A Sexual Abuse Policy

Katrina Mason
September 1, 1995

As part of a risk management plan to decrease physical and sexual abuse complaints, social worker Charles Curie, who consults with Henry S. Lehr clients, suggests that agencies Initiate a policy including these guidelines:

  • Forbid sexual contact with clients.
  • Forbid excess physical force in disciplining clients.
  • State the agency's in-service training requirements.
  • Require staff to immediately report any suspected physical or sexual abuse by another staff member toward a client.
  • Outline a complaint resolution process. (The client must be oriented to this process, and documentation should be in place to show such orientation has taken place.)
  • Adopt one of the accepted ethical standards of the helping professions
    (i.e. National Association of Homes and Services for Children; American
    Psychological Association) as the agency's ethical standards. Excerpted from The Lehr Advantage, July 1995.


Mason, Katrina. "Insurance a Burning Issue for Youth Agencies: Initiating A Sexual Abuse Policy." Youth Today, September/October 1995, p. 25.

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