Our participants come to us with a wide range of personal characteristics. We believe that participant eligibility shall be determined without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or disability.
Volunteer who owns firearms and stores them at his/her residence or any other
location will lock the weapons or install trigger locks whenever a Little is at
or near the storage area.
must also abide by the following:
which will be reviewed with and agreed to by the Volunteer Big and
parent/guardian, and documented in the match file covering, at a minimum:
In order for Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Central Nebraska to provide a responsible and professional service
to clients, it is necessary for Volunteers, Clients, and/or Parents or
Guardians of clients to be asked to divulge extensive personal information
about themselves and their families. The agency respects the confidentiality of
the Client and Volunteer records (whether it be verbal, written, or otherwise
documented) and, with the exception of situations below, share information
about Clients and Volunteers only among the agency professional staff. The
right to confidentiality applies not only to written records, by also to video,
film, pictures, or use of client’s or volunteer’s name in agency publications.
All records are consider the
property of the agency and not the agency workers, Board of Directors members,
clients or volunteers themselves. In order to provide a service, which is in
the best interest of the program, information from outside sources, including
confidential references, must be asked along with information gained from the
clients and volunteers themselves. Records are not available for review by the
clients or volunteers. Clients and volunteers must be provided at the time of
application this statement on confidentiality along with the exceptions, which
define the limits of confidentiality. Agency staff, designated board members,
clients, and volunteers shall sign a statement that he/she has read and
understands the Big Brothers Big Sisters policy on confidentiality and agrees
to program participation under the guidelines that it sets forth.
Limits of Confidentiality
Social Media Usage
Brothers Big Sisters of Central Nebraska recognizes that online social
networking (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Blogs, etc.) has become a
very popular communications tool and that many of our Bigs, Littles, their
parent/guardians and agency staff utilize. However, we do not allow matches to
connect via social media for the first 12 months of the match in order to focus
on building a strong, healthy relationship. After their first anniversary
matches are allowed to connect on social media. Volunteers and
parents/guardians are permitted to connect via social media at any time if both
Volunteer chooses to participate in any online communication, the following
guidelines should be followed to ensure confidentiality, privacy and child
to adhere to these guidelines may result in the termination of the match.
Cellular Phone Usage
Brothers Big Sisters of Central Nebraska expects that each match meeting be
important, relationship focused, and impactful for both the Big and Little. BBBS
restricts the use of cellular phones. Cell phones should be utilized on a limited
basis while the match is meeting.
of appropriate cell phone usage are as follows:
of inappropriate cell phone usage are as follows:
Volunteer Bigs are prohibited from being under the
influence or using any substance (including alcohol, illicit drugs, and legal
drugs, including medical marijuana, “legalized” marijuana, and prescription
medications) that could potentially affect judgment driving, reaction time, or
otherwise jeopardize a child’s safety and wellbeing, while their Little is in
the Volunteer Big’s care or company.
State of Nebraska is a Mandatory Reporting State. The law requires any person
who suspects or witnesses child abuse or neglect to report the suspected abuse
or neglect to the Department of Health and Human Services Child Abuse Hotline
Volunteer Big or staff person who has suspicion that a child is being abused
(whether the child is a client of the agency or not) is required to report to
the Department of Health and Human Services Child Abuse Hotline, as well as to BBBS
Executive Director. The same reporting is also required with suspected child
sexual exploitation (child pornography or enticement on the internet).
Reporting is required by law as well as by agency policy.
staff will document report(s) in Matchforce and complete an Incident Report and
submit it to the Executive Director for review. The ED will maintain a copy.
incident or allegation of child abuse or exploitation involving a current or
former non-matching volunteer, a current or former Volunteer Big, a current of
former Board member, or a current or former Agency Staff associated with BBBS,
will be reported immediately to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and to law
enforcement or child protection authorities, in accordance with state and federal
critical incident reporting to BBBSA includes information obtained from third
parties or anonymous sources. Required reports include the following, at a
minimum: sexual misconduct against a child or in the presence of a child that
may include contact or non-contact behaviors of a criminal nature; physical
violence against a child or in the presence of a child; behavior that causes
significant emotional or psychological harm to a child, neglect of a child, and
any other incident the agency deems critical.
Bigs who suspect abuse are to report this to their BBBS Match Support
Specialist and follow their professional advice.
Little’s safety and well-being is the number one priority. Everyone associated
with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Nebraska plays a role in helping keep
following guidelines are established for your match relationship to help you
develop a healthy relationship with your Little. The guidelines will also help
your Little understand appropriate boundaries and build personal safety skills
while allowing them to recognize and trust the caring adults in their lives.
I agree to work within this agency’s
ground rules. Failure to comply with these rules may be grounds for termination
with the agency.