TORRANCE, Calif. – April 26, 2017 – Keenan, an industry-leading California insurance brokerage and consulting firm for schools and public agencies, has launched a new School Safety Center website providing comprehensive resources to help schools address emerging risks of child abuse and bullying, campus safety and security, and Title IX anti-discrimination compliance. Keenan highlighted the School Safety Center at the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) Annual Conference, April 12-15, 2017, in Long Beach. The announcement also coincides with April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The site is designed to bring together the information schools need to better protect students, staff and their communities while enhancing a safe environment for children to learn and prosper. It offers a wide range of best practices, tools and training courses, at no cost, that districts can utilize to achieve their goal of providing such an environment.
“Every child has a right to experience a learning environment that is safe and free from the fear of abuse or violence,” said John Stephens, Senior Vice President and Property & Casualty Practice Leader for Keenan. “It is absolutely essential, not only for their day-to-day safety and peace of mind, but to allow them to learn, grow and build their future. We are very pleased to be able to offer a deep resource to support schools in pursuing a safe space for their students.”
Six modules are available, each filled with in-depth information on the following issues:
- Abuse Prevention
- Bullying Prevention
- Title IX Compliance
- Campus Safety
- Best Practices
- Additional Resources
The School Safety Center will be updated on an ongoing basis with the latest developments in regulatory compliance, news and best practices for keeping schools safer.
Few traumatic human experiences are more damaging and enduring than the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of a child. The immediate effects are devastating to their psychological and behavioral development, relationships and educational achievement. Moreover, child abuse victims suffer long-term consequences, often lasting throughout adulthood. Violence in schools, including recent active shooter incidents, remains another serious concern with potential life and death consequences.
Compounding the human loss, hundreds of millions of dollars spent defending and resolving claims against schools are taking enormous resources out of classrooms. Implementing effective training, communication, policies and community awareness can go a long way toward preventing such devastating and expensive public claims in school districts.
To access the new Keenan School Safety Center, visit www.keenan.com/school-safety-center.
For information on Keenan insurance brokerage and consulting programs, visit www.keenan.com.
Keenan has a 45-year track record of serving California schools, community colleges, health care organizations and public agencies. Keenan recently joined the AssuredPartners group of independent brokers, currently ranked as the 13th largest U.S. brokerage. Keenan will serve as AP’s California hub to expand its innovative employee benefits, health benefit management services, workers’ compensation, risk management, and property and liability programs throughout the country. Keenan has a staff of more than 725 insurance specialists with local offices in Torrance, Riverside, San Clemente, Oakland, San Jose, Rancho Cordova, Redwood City, Pleasanton and Eureka.