Youth Protection Information

There will be several changes to the Youth Protection Guidelines effective October 1, 2016.  The information below are resources for clubs to use for the changes.    

Youth Protection Guidelines: As clubs should be aware of by now, Kiwanis International made it mandatory that all Kiwanis clubs make their members aware of the Youth Protection Guidelines every October.  Every Kiwanis member should attend a training or educational session annually – whether offered by the club or district, or via the online raining tool.

Youth Protection Presentation: Each club is responsible for educating their members about the Youth Protection Guidelines.  Presentations have been made when requested at Division Councils or clubs.  

Online Education for Working with Youth (Kiwanis Connect Login Required): The current Youth Protection educational module reflecting the October 1, 2016 changes is available through the Kiwanis online management system. 

Implementation Points (Frequently Asked Questions): This document was developed to assist clubs to understand the October 1, 2016 changes using the Kiwanis International FAQ document.  

Sample Club Policy on Criminal History Background Checks: Kiwanis International has made the decision that the responsibility for determining how and when to conduct criminal history background checks is for each club to decide, not Kiwanis International.  Therefore, it was felt a sample policy would be beneficial to the clubs in the Capital District.  It was created by the Risk Manager Youth Protection manager and District Policy Manager, with approval by the Capital District Board of Directors in February 2014.  It is available in word format so each club can make the changes that best fit their club.  Neither Kiwanis International nor the Capital District is dictating what needs to be in the policy or even if a club needs one.  However, it is best practices to have a policy to protect the club in the future.  The sample contains the key points and is a template only.  The only requirement from Kiwanis International is that after your club approves a policy, you will need to list it in Section M of the new club bylaws as an optional policy and filed with Kiwanis International. 

Kiwanis International Policy 197: It is recommended that when clubs develop a Policy for Criminal History Background Checks, they include Kiwanis International Policy 197 which describes crimes that should be considered when deciding what is a “clear” check and a “not clear” check.  

Capital District Transportation Authorization Form: Effective October 1, 2016, the guidelines for transporting youth will be: When transporting youth, the best practice is having three people in the car at all times with documented approval from the parent or guardian for the transportation arrangements. When both of these conditions cannot be met, one of them should be. All transportation decisions should be made in accordance with local laws and school policies. The Capital District Kiwanis has created a suggested form to meet this new requirement.

Capital District Media Consent and Release Form: To assist clubs and SLPs, the Capital District Kiwanis has adopted a standard Media Consent and Release form for use by clubs and SLPs.


For more information, contact: 
Jan Dudey ( or 410-236-3787)
Youth Protection Manager
Capital District Kiwanis