Minimum Requirements

Colleges and units operating or hosting youth programs must ensure that all youth program personnel complete appropriate training prior to engaging with minor participants, and annually thereafter.

Training content must include, at minimum, the following topics:

a. Recognizing signs of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse

b. Reporting suspected child abuse and neglect in Oregon

c. How to help prevent child abuse

d. All requirements of the Safety of Minors Policy.


To assist sponsoring units with meeting this requirement, the Office of Youth Safety & Compliance (YSC) offers the following training resources:


Online Training

The following recommended courses from the United Educators "Protecting Children" series meet OSU's minimum training requirements for youth programs. (Note: users must log in to the OSU Youth Program Registry to access content).

For OSU authorized adults responsible for direct supervision of minors:

Authorized Adult Training (30 min) - Covers topics such as predators, codes of conduct, and reporting.

For other (supervised) personnel who will not be responsible for direct supervision of minors:

Supervised Personnel Training (10 min) - This short video covers the warning signs of sexual abuse by adults, specific locations to keep an eye on, and concrete steps for reporting incidents or suspicions.

For hiring supervisors and/or individuals responsible for screening and selecting youth program staff and volunteers:

Hiring Manager Training (30 min) - Covers topics such as hiring practices and background checks, investigations, and discipline.


Other Training Resources

The following links and resources are provided as samples to supplement unit-specific content.

Disclaimer: Since delivery of training is the responsibility of the sponsoring unit, no single resource or sample provided below should be construed as a 'complete' training. Prospective trainees should contact the program leader or a unit administrator to determine appropriate training for individual youth programs. 

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse - Critical training available to all OSU employees (requires Bridge login)

Quick Overview of Mandatory Reporting at OSU and FAQs from NEO - Training offered to all new employees via OSU's New Employee Orientation (NEO).

Youth Protection at OSU (PowerPoint template) - To be used by sponsoring units to develop unit-specific training content.

Basic Youth Safety Training Outline - Sample handout for training attendees.

Certification Page - Group Training

Certification Page - Individual Training

Youth Safety Standards of Behavior