How does Shelterwood address student supervision and safety?

Shelterwood is a leader among Christian residential treatment centers in our student-to-staff ratio: our 55 teens are cared for by more than 90 staff members. Located outside of the city, Shelterwood is a secure environment in which teens feel safe and are supervised throughout the day and night by our professional staff.

With the exception of computer work during school, teens do not have access to cell phones and other forms of electronic communication until they near graduation from our program. We are not a locked facility, but by removing teens from risky contacts they may have at home and from the temptations that a more urban setting may offer, we reduce the risk of teens running away.

Our staff is trained to distribute medication, as well as CPR and restraint-trained. Sharp items, liquids and other hazards are properly locked and supervised if used. Our houses are monitored with video cameras in halls and living areas to review any safety concerns.

Shelterwood as an organization is also routinely reviewed for safety and quality by a variety of third parties. We are a licensed Residential Child Care Facility through the state of Missouri and a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP). In 2019, Shelterwood was awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation. The Joint Commission is a nonprofit health-care accrediting organization that has set quality-care and patient-safety standards for behavioral health care organizations since 1969. Today, only around 2,000 facilities have achieved the elite gold-seal designation, with an even smaller number of residential treatment centers earning accreditation. Accredited centers go through a rigorous process to prove they meet the Joint Commission’s standards as set by the latest scientific research and expert input.

Our school is also accredited through AdvancED, the world’s largest education community, representing 32,000+ public and private schools and districts across the United States and 70 countries worldwide and serving more than 20 million students. We are also registered with Ministry Safe and require each of our staff to participate in training in Risk Reduction.