Child Protection

 The Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs is committed to Child Protection. 



Child Abuse Prevention


Click below for our full Child Abuse Prevention document

Child Abuse Ribbon



What is Praesidium?

Praesidium is a mission driven risk management firm that helps organizations reduce the risk of sexual abuse as well as the risk of false allegations.


Praesidium’s 2021 Abuse Prevention Webinar Series for YMCAs:

Click HERE for the calendar


For the Screening and Selection Toolkit for YMCAs click below. 


For more information on Praesidium please visit: 

Reporting concerns, allegations, and incidents


Concerns from parties outside the Y? The YMCA Child Safety Hotline is accessible on for members, parents, staff, etc. to make reports regarding concerns at local associations.  

To report child abuse in Illinois contact the Department of Children and Family Services DCFS

Click below for the DCFS website


Child Abuse Prevention Resources


YMCA of the USA has a CEO Emergency Hotline (800-822-9622). Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to YMCA CEOs.

YLINK Risk Management community 

Crisis Communication Planning Guide (Available on LINK)

A Guide - Preparing for and Responding to Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse (Available on LINK)

YMCA Guardians for Child Protection Website