BOKRIM Thinking

Effective risk management is impossible without collaboration

To manage rare risks like sexual abuse and misconduct (SAM) risk effectively, organizations must collaborate.  Collaboration is the only way to be certain minors and vulnerable adults are as safe from SAM as possible because collaboration is the only way to develop reliable enough information to know SAM risk well enough and how to manage it well enough to be confident of managing it well.

Collaboration means a SAM risk manager can make fully informed decisions based on:

  • intimate knowledge of the unique context of their organization and the nature, extent, and characteristics of its SAM risks; and
  • constantly updated knowledge of the most effective SAM risk management practices, how and why they are effective, and how they should most effectively be used in their organization’s context.

The only way to develop this kind of knowledge is for organizations to collaborate enough so that both SAM risk and SAM risk management data from multiple organizations can be collected constantly and analyzed consistently over time.  Equally, however, the collaboration cannot be direct.  Organizations managing SAM risk lack one or both of the analytical resources and independence necessary to measure SAM risk and its management objectively.   

Collaboration means more than safer minors and vulnerable adults.  It can also enable organizations to:

  1. credibly demonstrate to others they are managing SAM risk as well as they can; and
  2. minimize the total cost of their SAM risk and its management.

That effective SAM risk management is impossible without collaboration is a BOKRIM core principle.

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