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Creating a culture of safety

Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield's Director of Safety & Compliance, Jeffery Long, was awarded the designation of a Certified Praesidium Guardian (CPG) by Praesidium, a national leader in risk management of sexual abuse of vulnerable populations.

Long joins a network of Boys & Girls Clubs of America professionals across the country to receive such a designation, in an ongoing effort to continue creating a culture of safety through risk management and best practices in sexual abuse prevention.

The CPG certification was created to recognize individuals who are dedicated to the prevention of sexual abuse of vulnerable populations. To attain certification, Long successfully completed a robust certification process, where they became proficient in best practices in organizational abuse prevention that includes specific steps to prevent incidents of abuse by employees, volunteers, or program participants.

In receiving this designation, Long also demonstrated his knowledge on how to respond effectively if an allegation or incident occurs, and how to ensure BGCS remains consistent and current in the implementation of abuse prevention practices.

To become a Certified Praesidium Guardian, Long met requirements in three key areas:

  • Education - Completed pre-workshop assignment that included six hours of online training
  • Experience - Attended an immersive workshop experience, either virtually or in-person, amounting to 20 hours of learning, discussion, and application of abuse risk management skills rooted in Praesidium’s Safety Equation
  • Knowledge - Completed a post-workshop Impact Project where the Guardian demonstrated their abuse prevention knowledge by putting it into practice in a tangible way at their organization. The Impact Project is specific to each Guardian and their organization and is reviewed by an expert Praesidium Consultant.
Long will remain certified for three years, and during this time will continuously work towards creating a safe environment and demonstrating his commitment to protecting those at BGCS from abuse.
Praesidium and BGCS are proud of Long and his efforts to enhance the culture of safety at the Club.

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About Praesidium

Praesidium specializes in preventing sexual abuse in organizations that serve youth and vulnerable adults. Over a period in excess of 30 years, the company has reviewed over 4,000 cases of abuse within organizations to determine the root causes of sexual abuse within organizational settings. Praesidium employs more than 50 staff, including licensed social workers, lawyers, health care researchers, and other experts. The company has served over 5,000 clients with a broad range of products and services to aid organizations in preventing abuse, including online and instructor–led trainings, organizational risk assessments, model policies, and background checks. Having trained more than one million people online and hundreds of thousands in person, Praesidium is the largest and most comprehensive sexual abuse risk management firm globally. For more information about the Certified Praesidium Guardian program, please visit or email

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