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PowerPoint Icon Youth Protection Overview PowerPoint for staff (22 slides, 220 KB) - PowerPoint outlining Youth Protection purpose, history, process, policies and recommended practices.

PDF file Steps in Youth Protection: Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Programs (2 pages, 39 KB) - Outlines staff procedures in administering the Youth Protection Process. updated 6.2011

Teaching Materials - For conducting Youth Protection sessions in your county. The child abuse portion of the teaching outline must be taught "as is", other sections can be tailored to your county.

Department of Justice Crime Information Bureau - State of Wisconsin, Department of Justice web site for on-line check of background records for 4-H Youth Development volunteer applicants and re-checking records of continuing volunteers. Records for continuing volunteers should be re-checked every four years.

Wisconsin Sex Offender Website - This Wisconsin Department of Corrections web site is designed to enhance public safety by making the information contained in the Sex Offender Registry easily accessible to the public. Periodic checks for continuing 4-H Youth Development volunteers are recommended.

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures - 2007 publication of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This report is designed for representatives of youth-serving organizations who
are interested in adopting strategies to prevent child sexual abuse.

It Shouldn't Hurt to be a Child - Wisconsin Department of Child and Families, Child Abuse and Neglect Program publication - posted under publications, available in English, Hmong and Spanish.

Youth Protection Forms

  • PDF file Screening Action Form - Complete the Screening Action Form, attach to the background check record, and file in the volunteer file when there is a need to consider background records in determining eligibility to serve as a 4-H Youth Development volunteer.
  • PDF file Reference Form - Form for soliciting written references for a 4-H Youth Development volunteer applicant who has lived in Wisconsin for less than three years.
  • PDF file Interview Reference Form - Interview recording form for references for a 4-H Youth Development volunteer applicant who has lived in Wisconsin for less than three years.

PDF file Confidentiality Statement(1 page, 26 KB) - Signed statement for volunteers and/or employees handling confidential information.

PDF file Youth Protection Annual Report - The Youth Protection Annual Report must be completed by the 4-H Youth Development staff member and submitted annually with the ES-237 report to the State 4-H Youth Development Program Leader's Office.

4-H Youth Development programs and activities must be supervised by an adult, 18 years of age or older, who has completed the Youth Protection program and is currently an enrolled 4-H volunteer leader. The primary purpose of this process is to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants (i.e., youth, their parents and families, salaried and volunteer staff.) Refer to the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Policies for the complete Youth Protection policies.

  • In order to initially be recognized as a 4-H volunteer leader in the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development program, all adults age 18 years and over must participate in the Youth Protection Program.

    The Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Youth Protection program process includes:

    a. Completion of the Volunteer Application Form
    b. Background records check for arrest and conviction records through the approved channel
    c. Participation in volunteer orientation
    d. Completion of the Volunteer Behavior Expectations Form (may be combined with the 4-H enrollment form)
    e. Completion of the 4-H Enrollment Form
  • In order to continue as a 4-H volunteer leader in the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development program beyond the first year, all adults 18 years of age and over must annually complete the following:

    a. Volunteer Behavior Expectations Form (may be combined with the 4-H enrollment form)
    b. 4-H Enrollment Form

    Note: A background records check for arrest and conviction records will be completed every four years for continuing 4-H volunteer leaders.
  • Returning volunteers who have been absent one to four years need the background records check, signed Volunteer Behavior Expectations form, but are not required to attend the orientation to be reinstated as a volunteer. Returning volunteers who have been absent five or more years need to repeat the entire Youth Protection process.
  • MS Powerpoint Presentation Youth Protection Overview PowerPoint Presentation (15 slides, 215 KB) - PowerPoint outlining Youth Protection purpose, history, process, and policies.
  • PDF file Involving People with Disabilities in 4-H Youth Development Programs (1 page, 40 KB) Handout developed by Christine Curley, UW-Extension Civil Rights Compliance Specialist, to provide key information for 4-H volunteers on involving people with disabilities in 4-H Youth Development programs.

Youth Protection Forms

Youth Protection Letters