A sexual abuse and misconduct (SAM) risk management system

SAM Risk Quantity
SAM Risk Management Rating
SAM Risk Management Improvement
SAM Liability Insurance

How much SAM risk are you managing?

How well are you managing SAM risk?

How do you improve your SAM risk management?

Effective and reliable SAM insurance

Confidence and trust in SAM risk management

A SAM risk manager wants to be confident they are managing SAM risk well.

A SAM risk manager needs their organization’s stakeholders to trust that SAM risk is being managed well

Our system deliver confidence and trust in SAM risk management.

Why a SAM risk management system?

SAM risk management is a system that isn't always managed that way

Systems are collections of people, processes, places, and relationships whose interactions create valuable outcomes.

It is the interaction of all the people, processes, places, and relationships in, for example, schools and churches, that keep minors and vulnerable adults safe.

Systems are optimized when they are managed, not as the collection of separate people, processes, places, and relationships, but when they are managed as a single system.

Optimizing the protection afforded to minors and vulnerable adults means optimizing a SAM risk management system.

Our services optimize SAM risk management systems.

Managing anything requires information

Almost all management is about optimizing a system, wether the system is a department, a school, or a company.

The core resource of management – any management – is information.  A system cannot be optimized without reliable information.

Currently, one of the biggest challenges with SAM risk management systems is a lack of reliable information.  Without reliable information, SAM risk can only be managed as a series of processes.

Our services develop and deliver reliable SAM risk and risk management information. 

The challenges our services address

Our service addresses all the main challenges with managing SAM risk well.

SAM risk is a significant risk

SAM risk is unavoidable; a school cannot stop being a school. 

SAM risk is unpreventable; at least, if it is preventable, we haven’t yet found how to make it so. 

SAM risk is dynamic; the frequency, severity, causes, and consequences of SAM risk – to note just four risk characteristics – change regularly.

SAM risk poses an existential threat; it has always been existential to victims but the size of settlements, and the reputation damage SAM causes recently grew so much that SAM risk is now an existential threat to almost any organization.

SAM risk management is inherently difficult

SAM risk management is a system; too often, SAM is managed as a set of discrete processes, so the system is not optimized.

Systems are defined by the value they deliver but, as a set of discrete processes, SAM risk management cannot be configured to deliver as much value as it could.

Any management requires reliable data; SAM risk managers currently manage SAM risk with, functionally, no data.

SAM risk has changed more in the last 10 years than SAM risk management; SAM risk management is often not dynamic by design – mainly because it is not managed as a system.

SAM risk management is difficult in practice

SAM risk management is complex; SAM risk management is a system made up of processes, people, places, and relationships whose combined interactions make minors and vulnerable adults safe. 

SAM risk management is contextual; different approaches only work in certain places or settings. 

SAM risk management is adaptive; SAM risk environments, practices, and organizations change often enough that a SAM risk management system must be adapted regularly to remain effective.

COVID makes SAM risk management even more difficult

Against the backdrop of an existential risk that was already difficult to manage, the current SAM risk management environment couldn’t be more challenging. 

COVID itself is demanding significant attention.  For some organizations, immediate survival is their current priority and managing any risk other than the risks posed by COVID is a luxury they cannot easily afford. 

COVID-19 has added to the revenue and cost pressures organizations were already feeling.  Many organizations won’t survive COVID.  Sustainable survival strategies will include strategic shifts, downsizing, and cost cutting.  Because reduced revenue and cost pressures compromise risk bearing capacity, survival strategies will likely also need to include de-risking.  Managing all these changes simultaneously will be extremely challenging.

COVID means SAM risk is changing – again.  For example, though negligible school attendance has reduced some forms of SAM risk, the wide adoption of online teaching tools and the need for childcare in schools has increased others.  To de-risk, organizations need to keep learning about SAM risk, even as they cut costs.

Just as revenue is falling, costs and risk are rising, and organizations can bear less risk, insurance availability is falling, and premiums are rising.  Organizations will be able to transfer much less SAM risk than they once could.

Between the growing scale and inherent, practical, and personal difficulties in managing SAM risk, and the strategic challenges, reduced risk-bearing capacity, de-risking, and cost-cutting brought on by COVID, organizations need a new, better way to manage SAM risk.

The two key ingredients of successful risk management

Our service delivers the two key ingredients of successful SAM risk management.

We provide the framework of a system in which to manage SAM risk and the information necessary to make well-informed decisions within that framework.

Working together, these enable a better way to manage SAM risk.