In each IntegrityStar edition, we highlight some frequently asked questions. In this tenth edition, we provide questions and answers related to the new Youth Protection Program.
The FAQs provide general guidelines. For more specific guidance, please contact University Compliance, Ethics, and Risk at 407-823-6263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions and Answers
Youth Protection Program FAQs
- If my department is hosting a school sponsored trip, do the Youth Protection Program requirements still apply?
No. School field trips are one of the exceptions to the Youth Protection Policy requirements.
- If I have a high school student interning in my classroom, does everyone who interacts with the student need to obtain a background check and complete the training?
No. An intern is an individual who works, sometimes without pay, to obtain either work experience or educational credit. Interns are considered university volunteers and must complete a Volunteer Services Agreement with the Office of Risk Management prior to beginning work with the university. Additional university requirements may apply dependent upon the work setting of the intern. Ask your department administration what additional requirements you and/or the intern must meet.
- I have taken the State of Florida Protection of Vulnerable Persons training within the last year. Do I still need to take the Youth Protection Training?
Yes. UCF’s Youth Protection Training was developed to be specific to UCF’s Youth Protection Program requirements, as well as federal and state requirements.
- What if I must bring on additional program staff within five days of the program start date to meet the required ratios, but I’ve already submitted my final program staff list?
State laws require a Level 2 background check on persons supervising children in a program setting. If those individuals have a current Level 2 background check clearance and they have successfully completed the Youth Protection Training, they can absolutely work at the program. A background check clearance is good for five years from the date it was completed, and the Youth Protection Training is good for two years. We recommend listing all expected potential program staff on your final list that is submitted to University Compliance, Ethics, and Risk at least five days before the start date of your program. That way those last minute needed staff members will already be listed.