Child Protection

 The Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs is committed to Child Protection every day. Five days in April can help protect them for a lifetime.

April 18-22 are Five Days of Action to protect kids from sexual abuse.
The Five Days of Action is a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse. Youth-serving organizations are invited to participate in this awareness campaign by downloading a toolkit at

5 Days of Action

Five Days of Action is an initiative of the YMCA Champions for Child Protection created and designed by Darkness to Light, with support from YMCA of the USA, The Redwoods Foundation, American Camp Association and the Monique Burr Foundation for Children. 



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