[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Foxborough 5-12-2014 ATM by Art. 22. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be a Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Committee consisting of seven volunteers. At or immediately after each annual meeting, the Board of Selectmen shall appoint seven eligible volunteers to the Committee, each for a term of three years commencing July 1 or following said annual meeting, and expiring on June 30 or end of Annual Town Meeting, whichever is later, three years hence. In addition, the Board of Selectmen shall, at the same time, make any appointment necessary to fill the unexpired term of any vacated position in the Committee. Any member may be reappointed after one term has elapsed since the expiration of his/her most recent term. The Board of Selectmen shall fill any vacancy occurring in the Committee's membership after an Annual Town Meeting.
The members of the Committee shall serve without compensation. They shall meet to elect officers, appoint subcommittees, and adopt rules as soon as practicable following each Annual Town Meeting. If any member is absent from five consecutive meetings, the Committee may vote that his/her position is vacated.
The goal and objectives of the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Committee are to raise awareness of the prevalence and circumstances in which children are being sexually abused and promote simple and effective ways for the public to be aware of risk factors and educate to reduce the opportunity of abuse in the Town of Foxborough. Every day adults come in contact with children of all ages and groups in Foxborough. The Foxborough Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Committee will provide guidance when adults are interacting with children on Town property.
To attain these goals and objectives, the Committee shall gather information provided by the many public and private groups, agencies and institutions that disseminate relative information to the prevention of sexual abuse to children. The Committee shall work with Foxborough's boards, committees and departments and participate and/or direct meetings and informational sessions towards accomplishing the published goals and objectives. The Committee shall act as liaison to public and private groups that use Town property related to children's activities.
With these powers and duties, the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Committee will work to provide:
A code of conduct.
Training of individuals (Town employees and volunteers) and organizations.
Protocol for reporting incidents.
A yearly curriculum to be dispensed for training to organizations, including but not limited to private schools, churches and youth leagues.
A written progress report with recommendations to the Board of Selectmen by October 1 each year.
The Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Committee shall have representatives from the following sectors: