Safe, inclusive sport environments help make sport rewarding and enriching for all. Safe Sport Training gives you the knowledge and skills to create those environments by recognizing, addressing and preventing maltreatment in sport.
The Canadian Sport Help Line is available to provide you with advice, guidance and resources on how to proceed/intervene appropriately in the circumstances.
Anyone with a concern should feel comfortable reaching out to this free and confidential service as well. Information on their services and how to contact them can be found at; abuse-free-sport.ca.
The abuse free sport phone and texting line is accessible at 1-888-83-SPORT, and is monitored from 8 am to 8 pm Eastern time.
Rule of Two
The goal of the Rule of Two is to ensure all interactions and communications are open, observable and justifiable. Its purpose is to protect participants (especially minors) and coaches in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring more than one adult is present. There may be exceptions for emergency situations.
Safe Sport Training
By completing the Safe Sport Training e-module, you will gain the knowledge and skills to create healthy and safe environments by recognizing, addressing and preventing maltreatment in sport.
Target Audience: Coaches, administrators
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
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
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.
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
Safe sport tool box
There are many tools available to facilitate a culture of safe sport. The following resources and materials are a great place to start.
CKC has appointed independent Safe Sport officers who any person can contact to report or discuss incidents of abuse or harassment of any kind.
CKC has contracted W&W Dispute Resolution Services for this role. They may be reached directly and independently through the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a confidential email address which will only be accessed by the Independent Safe Sport Officer.
Should any complaint or concern come to the attention of the CEO or any CKC representative, it will be forwarded to one of our safe sport officers.
Reporting is when an individual presents information regarding maltreatment in writing to a relevant independent authority (someone in a position of receiving a report and determining next steps).
Reporting is carried out by the complainant (a participant or observer who makes a report of an incident of maltreatment or suspicions of an incident of maltreatment).
If you hear about a potentially harmful situation involving a child, you must report it. You do not need to have seen or have evidence of the situation. If you report a suspicion and it turns out to be unfounded, there are no penalties for you.
The intention of reporting is to initiate an independent investigative process, which could result in serious consequences for the respondent (a person who is alleged to have engaged in maltreatment).
Failure to report
You have a duty to report that is mandated by law. (Requirements vary depending on provincial or territorial legislation.) An adult participant who fails to report actual or suspected maltreatment or neglect of any kind involving a minor participant will be subject to disciplinary action under the UCCMS.
What is my role in keeping sport safe?
Canoe Kayak Canada has partnered with the Respect Group to deliver their Activity Leaders Training as CKC recommended Safe Sport training for Coaches, Officials, and administrators.
The CKC Respect in Sport Portal through which leaders can take the recommended online training can be accessed here: Respect in Sport – Activity Leaders Training Portal.
CKC will be supporting its national team athletes, staff, volunteers, national officials and other key community members in taking this training and recommends that all key leaders in our community do the same.
Understand that everyone has a role to play in keeping sport safe, how the misuse of power leads to maltreatment, and the principles of the Universal Code of Conduct.
Learn about the various types of maltreatment, the conditions that enable them, and how to recognize signs that they may be happening.
Find out what to do if you suspect maltreatment, and how you can create a culture that protects all participants.
When you implement appropriate preventive measures against maltreatment in sport and nurture the positive development of athletes, then you can establish a safe sport culture, characterized by:
CKO Sprint believes that everyone in the sport has the right to enjoy the sport at whatever level they participate.
Conflict is inevitable and occurs naturally when people interact. Conflict can be productive or non-productive, depending on how the issues are handled. Resolving a conflict at an early stage may prevent a situation from getting worse and may reduce the risk of it turning into a formal complaint.
TIPS FOR RESOLVING CONFLICT
An investigation is a neutral fact-finding to determine whether the unacceptable conduct actually occurred. Investigations that are not properly conducted create risk for you organization, so you are strongly encouraged to consult with others with more knowledge and experience. Depending on the nature of the complaint, you may wish to consult with: