Section 10: Risk Management

10.1 Child Protection Policies:  Policy

Nebraska Extension4-H Youth Development believes in the right of every child to a safe and supportive environment. Actions against children that lead or contribute to abuse or neglect are contrary to the values of 4-H. Such actions are inappropriate in any setting, especially where youth are concerned. All reasonable effort is made to comply with State of Nebraska statutes and University of Nebraska guidelines in this area.

Nebraska State law requires all citizens to report suspected abuse to Nebraska Health and Human Services.

Call the Nebraska Abuse/Neglect Hotline at 1-800-652-1999.

See the following web site for Nebraska definitions of child abuse and neglect: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/can/defining/state/

To review the legal statutes regarding Nebraska child abuse and neglect go to the following site and review the codes listed below: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/
Review codes: 28-707, 28-709, 28-710, 28-711, 28-713, 28-713.01, 28-716, 28-717, 28-727, 28-728.

More information from Health and Human Service is located at: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/contact.aspx.

10.2 4-H and Web Publication:  Policy

Nebraska 4-H will use the World Wide Web as a means of distributing information and providing recognition. In the interest of safety, Nebraska Extension must do this in a responsible manner. Therefore, the following guidelines will be used:

  • Any picture of an individual in which the person can be identified by normal visual acuity will not be reproduced without the individual’s permission. This permission may be given when the individual enrolls in the program.
  • No individual’s name, address or phone number will be published without permission from the individual or parent of child(ren) under the age of 19.

10.3 University Liability Coverage:  Policy

University of Nebraska–Lincoln liability insurance covers 4-H volunteers who are enrolled as leaders and successfully completed the screening process and are functioning within the scope of a 4-H volunteer. Volunteers are covered in this situation because the 4-H program is part of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

10.4 Accident/Health Insurance:  Guidelines

It is strongly recommended that each county 4-H program offers accident insurance for its members and leaders. American Income Life Insurance Company (AIL) offers two insurance policies for 4-H programs:

  1. Annual Group Insurance Policy ($1 a year plan)
    1. Provides a full year of coverage for enrolled 4-H members when participating in 4-H activities and events (club meetings, workshops, camps, fair, etc.)
    2. Enrolled volunteers can also be covered for $1.
    3. Those participating in high risk activities including horse project, athletic league sports, ATV, and motorcycle participants have a $2 annual fee.
  2. Special Activities Coverage for Accident and Illness (for individual events)
    1. When youth or adults who are not covered under the Annual Policy participate in events and activities, it is advisable to take out this per day accident insurance for these youth.
    2. Covers any 4-H or extension sponsored activity for youth or adults. Further information on policy benefits and applying for coverage is on the AIL website: http://www.americanincomelife.com/who-we-serve/4-h-insurance

10.5 Use of Alcohol/Tobacco/Controlled Substances during 4-H Activities:  Policy

Using or possessing alcohol, tobacco or any controlled substances not under physicians’ prescription, at any 4-H event by program participants is prohibited. Infraction of the rules may result in dismissal from the event or program, the withholding of premiums, or other disciplinary action.

Alcohol or tobacco products should not be used by adults in the presence of youth(s) and any use must comply with University policies. Use of illegal drugs or non-over the counter drugs without a prescription is prohibited. Volunteers conducting any activity under the influence of alcohol or other mind altering substances are subject to immediate dismissal.

Extension Staff, in consultation with those individuals/volunteers supervising the relevant event, will determine the appropriate disciplinary action. In the event of dismissal, the Extension staff responsible and the parent/guardians of the 4-H member will be contacted before the 4-H member is sent home. 4-H should not or will not sponsor events where alcohol is served.

10.6 University of Nebraska–Lincoln Social Security Number Usage Policy:  Policy

The Nebraska Extension4-H shall not use Social Security Numbers to identify 4-H members, employees, or other information providers, outside of those identification uses specifically required by law, such as for financial aid, payroll, benefit functions and background checks.


Legend

Policy  Policy: not negotiable    Guidelines  Guidelines: strongly recommended    Procedure  Procedure: recommended implementation steps