Child Abuse Prevention Resources for YMCAs

Praesidium, YMCA of the USA's abuse prevention partner works with all Ys across the country and provides access to a comprehensive self-assessment, Know Your Score KYS, as well as best practices in screening, training, supervision, and reporting practices.

Praesidium Helpline for YMCAs

All YMCAs can call the Praesidium Helpline at 855-347-0751 at any time to report suspicious or inappropriate behaviors and policy violations and to ask specific questions related to child abuse prevention.

Know Your Score (KYS)

This is an online tool that allows you to systematically and privately assess the extent to which your organization employs best practices to ensure client safety. Effective January 1st, 2018, Know Your Score!™ must be completed by each Y association at least every two years.

Certified Praesidium Guardian

YMCA staff can earn a valuable credential to carry throughout their career that showcases commitment to protecting youth and vulnerable adults. Praesidium is sharing its foundations in organizational abuse prevention and the comprehensive and systematic approach to abuse risk management that will allow you to become the go-to resource within your organization.

Resources from Darkness to Light

Stewards of Children®

Darkness to Light’s flagship, evidence-informed prevention training to help adults prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The training is two hours and features survivor stories, experts in the field, and other concerned individuals all providing practical guidance to prevent child sexual abuse. Learn more about Stewards of Children®.

Protecting Children During a Crisis training

Designed to help you navigate through the unusual circumstances you might face during times of crisis. This change is any situation where you need to modify the steps you take to protect your children because of a situation that is out of your control. This online training will help you consider your current strategies, help you identify the new situation, and help you change your strategy.

D2L Resources page


Many insurance partners also provide abuse prevention resources to YMCAs. Reach out to your insurance provider for a list of applicable resources.

The Redwoods Group

Great American Insurance Group

Philadelphia Insurance Companies

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company