Policy for safe supervision of keiki explained

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Col Miller


Col. Duane Miller
Director, Emergency Services,
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command

One of the Army’s top priorities has always been safety. This includes the safety of all Soldiers, family members and civilians.
While everyone is a “safety officer,” parents are ultimately responsible for the safety, welfare and actions of their children.
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii policy memorandum 34 (USAG-HI-34) outlines the requirements for child supervision while on Army installations in Hawaii. Parents must read through and understand the memorandum and ensure that their children are under proper care at all times.
USAG-HI-34 explicitly states the requirements for child care based on age groups, including children younger than 10 years of age, children 10-11 years of age, children 12-13 years of age, teenagers 14-15 years of age, and teens 16-18 years of age.
Although the policy states specific supervision requirements, it also explains that parents must use sound judgment and consider the physical, emotional and psychological maturity of their children when determining the level of supervision their children require. This is especially true for parents who have children in the Exceptional Family Member Program.
The requirements in USAG-HI-34 are the minimum requirement for safety. Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services provides baby-sitting training, free of charge, for any children who are interested. Certification also is available through the American Red Cross, although it is at the individual’s expense.
CYS Services and Army Community Services (ACS) also provide home-alone training for children of all ages.
Every day, safety-related incidents occur when children are on their way to and from school, playing outside and while inside the home. Many of these daily incidents are easily avoidable with the proper supervision and safety
Children younger than age 10 cannot be unsupervised at bus stops, walk to school alone or play in public places without supervision.
All parents must understand the dangers of providing inadequate supervision for their children. Children are constantly at risk of accident and injury, regardless of their age, but parents reduce the risk when they take measures to ensure proper supervision is present.
In addition to providing supervision, parents should take additional measures to keep their children safe, such as using baby gates and locks on cupboards, ensuring sharp or fragile objects are out of reach, keeping objects away from windows where children would be tempted to play on them or play in the window, and keeping children within hearing distance when playing.
Remember, everyone is a safety officer. If you are aware of unsupervised children or possible neglect, take the time to report it to the military police.

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