Coaches play a vital role in ensuring their athletes are safe both on and off the field of play. Reducing and preventing acts of maltreatment is vital to enhancing a safer sporting environment that fosters positive growth and personal development for all participants.
Here are several options currently available for creating safe sport environments:
NCCP Make Ethical Decisions
Make Ethical Decisions training helps coaches identify the legal, ethical and moral implications of difficult situations, leaving coaches with no doubt as to what to do when the going gets tough.
Target Audience: Coaches, teachers, recreation leaders.
Cost: $15 – $85
Empower+ provides coaches and leaders the tools to enhance athlete welfare by; recognizing the potential for, and presence of maltreatment in sport, learning when and how to intervene when you observe or suspect maltreatment.
Target Audience: Coaches, teachers, recreation leaders, administrators.
Cost: $15 – $85
Respect in Sport
The Respect in Sport Activity Leader online training course is designed as a tool to assist coaches in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment, and bullying in sport.
Target Audience: Coaches, recreation leaders, teachers
Commit to Kids
The Commit to Kids online training provides leaders with practical information to help enhance child and youth safety in sport. It highlights the important of understanding boundaries, sexual misconduct and reporting inappropriate behaviour.
Target Audience: Sport administrators, sport leaders with HR responsibilities.
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Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Screening involves much more than just police record checks. While police record checks are one of the important steps, screening is a comprehensive process that begins long before an individual is selected and continues beyond his or her involvement with the organization.
Criminal Records Check (CRC)
This process verifies whether an individual has a criminal record (local and nationally) and provides the applicant with the detailed information that can be legally disclosed.
Cost: Varies by jurisdiction and whether you are paid or volunteer ($0 – $75)
How to Obtain: Contact your local police service.
Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV)
For individuals who are working with a vulnerable sector (such as with minor athletes or with persons with a disability), which also searches for the existence of any pardoned sex offenses.
Enhanced Police Information Check (E-PIC)
An E-PIC combines a search of the National Repository of Criminal Records in Canada and a search of local police information within multiple databanks. An E-PIC goes beyond a Canadian criminal record check by including searches of local police information that can discover additional conviction and selected non-conviction information which may be relevant to the screening process. The E-PIC does not include a search of the Pardoned Sex Offender Database.
How to Obtain: Visit Stirling Backcheck
Background Screening Matrix
It is important as a coach that your organization has up to date policies and procedures. Check out the audit checklist as a road map to reviewing your organization’s policies and procedures as a first step towards a safer sporting environment.
Ensure you have established a common understanding of expectations and support considerations for safe and inclusive travels, including overnight trips. Download the travel guidelines tool to review your organization’s practices, including billeting.
Rule of Two Policy
This rule serves to protect minor athletes in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring that more than one adult is present at all times. Download the Rule of Two guidelines to understand how you can support the Rule of Two in your organization.
For more information on possible dispute resolution services for coaches, organizational risk management assessment and policy creation, contact the Sport Law & Strategy Group.
Rule of Two
Sport Law & Strategy Group
Contact 9-1-1 immediately if you or an individual is facing a life-threatening emergency.
As someone working directly with children and supporting others who are, you have a legal and ethical duty to report to a children’s aid society when you have reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is or may be in need of protection.
You don’t have to be certain that a child may need protection. Suspicion on reasonable grounds – information that an average person, using normal and honest judgement would need to decide – is reason enough to report.
Canadian Sport Helpline
Open 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week, this national toll-free confidential helpline for harassment, abuse and discrimination provides a safe place for victims and witnesses to report their concerns.
Call or text 1-888-83-SPORT (77678)
Contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Canadian Sport Helpline exists to provide advice, guidance, and resources on how to proceed/intervene appropriately in the circumstances.
Kids Help Phone
As a resource you can provide your athletes and participants, Kids Help Phone operates Canada’s only 24/7, professional counselling, referral and information service for young people.
Text CONNECT to 686868 or call 1-800-668-6868
Live Chat online or through the app at kidshelpphone.ca/live-chat
Young athletes can chat confidentially with a trained, volunteer Crisis Responder for support with any issue – big or small.
Locate a Children’s Aid Society
Steps For Reporting Child Abuse
Steps For Reporting Inappropriate Conduct
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Background Screening Matrix
A call to action to keep sport fair, fun and safe
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With the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions workshop you will be fully equipped to handle virtually any ethical situation with confidence and surety.
By completing the NCCP Planning a Practice module you will be able to organize a well-structured practice plan with safe, age-appropriate activities you’ve designed to match the proficiency level of participants.
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