Private Organization Accreditation

Children's Home Society of Florida delivers a unique spectrum of social services designed to protect children at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment; to strengthen and stabilize families; to help young people break the cycle of abuse and neglect; and to find safe, loving homes for children.


Harry Hunter, MSW, MBA, Ph.D.

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

Peer Reviewer for the month of January 2013, Dr. Hunter has been volunteering for COA since 2005, conducting five site reviews.
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Comprehensive, systematic, and effective risk prevention and management practices reduce the organization’s risk, loss, and liability exposure.


COA’s Risk Prevention and Management standards go beyond protecting against threats. An organization’s risk prevention and management practices are seen, more positively, as an opportunity to strengthen the organization. Leadership sets a proactive tone by creating a culture that identifies risk and learns from challenges.

Social and human service agencies, board members, and managers confront many types of risk. The standards in this section outline a comprehensive approach to preventing, managing, and reducing risk and protecting an organization’s resources and assets, be they human, physical, or financial. Potential risks include: property, income, liability, human resources, reputation, mission, governance, fiduciary, electronic information and data, vulnerable populations, and risk associated with inter-agency collaboration.

Technology and the electronic management of information present ever-evolving opportunities for efficiency, accuracy, and improvement within an organization, but also potential risks. Organizations are best prepared to take advantage of the benefits of new technology and to manage associated risks by appropriately planning for technology utilization in relation to other aspects of operations.

Note: The Risk Prevention and Management (RPM) standards were revised in February 2016 to reflect current and emerging best practices related to the adoption and use of technology. For more information, please see the Technology Standards Updates Summary – Private, Canadian.

Note: Please see RPM Reference List for a list of resources that informed the development of these standards.

Risk Prevention and Management Narrative

Self-Study Evidence
    • Describe the organization's overall approach to risk prevention and management.
    • Describe 2-3 examples of your organization's response to risks identified by its annual risk and quarterly risk management review processes. Please describe the steps, the decision-making process, and actions taken to bring the issue to resolution.
    • Which systems, if any, are computerized and which are not (e.g., the financial management system, PQI, human resources)?
    • Are case records maintained electronically or in hard copy?
    • When services are delivered via technology, describe the types of services being provided, the technologies being used, and how this service delivery approach helps meet the needs of the population served.
    • Provide any additional information that would increase the Peer Team's understanding of how your organization's risk prevention and management processes contribute to the achievement of its mission and the reduction of its exposure to risk, loss, and liability.
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