Report Misconduct and Abuse


Safe Environment - Aurora Soccer Club Inc.

Aurora Soccer Club Inc. provides an environment that supports participant’s physical and emotional safety (free of bullying, discrimination, etc.)

Aurora Soccer Club Inc. has the following policies and programs in place to achieve this environment:

- Means for reporting bullying, discrimination and harassment as per Sask Soccer policy for all participants including but not limited to players, team personnel, and referees.

- Adheres to CSA’s Code of Conduct and Ethics

- Respect In Sport for coaches and parents

- Making Ethical Decisions for coaches

- Free of hostile environment - field marshal program to enhance experience and physical and emotional safety http://saskatoonyouthsoccer.ca/files/rules_field_marshal_program2.pdf

- Protect the Kids Policy and reporting suspected or known abuse

- Promotes cultural sensitivity training for coaches

- Implemented Guidelines for Interaction with Children Adolescents

- Implemented Abuse and Safety Policy

 

 

 Aurora Soccer Club Inc. has adopted the policy below:

Reporting Child Sexual Abuse and Misconduct - Saskatoon Youth Soccer Inc. (SYSI)

The below is part of SYSI’s Abuse and Safety Policy included in our seasonal coach package and available on our website at the start of each season.

3.3. Reporting Child Sexual Abuse and Misconduct

NOTE: The below information is not meant to be exhaustive or intended to or to use in place of legal counsel but is to be intended as a quick reference for use in a sporting environment. Consult with child welfare, law enforcement and legal counsel if child abuse is alleged or suspected.

3.3.1 There is a legal and ethical responsibility to act, when a person becomes aware that a child may be or has been abused.

3.3.2 Individuals are responsible for reporting concerns, not proving abuse.

3.3.3 A person has a legal duty to report incidences of abuse, sexual or otherwise, even if it has occurred in the past and is no longer occurring. The offender may still have access to other children and those children may be at risk.

3.3.4 Step-wise Action for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

  1. Child discloses abuse or abuse is discovered with the adult involved in the abuse being a coach or volunteer
  2. Coach/Volunteer who receives disclosure
    1. Notifies law enforcement and/or child welfare about the incident(s)
    2. Consults with child welfare about notifying the parents; and
    3. Notifies the supervisor/manager, as well as a representative from Saskatoon Youth Soccer. The supervisor/manager in turn notifies the head of the organization
  3. Head of the organization suspends coach/volunteer suspected of abuse without pay until case is resolved.
    1. If the individual is a volunteer or unpaid staff, consider if the individual should be dismissed from their position immediately
  4. A child welfare agency and/or police will carry out any investigation. Organization(s) should conduct an internal follow up in consultation with police/child welfare and adjust(s) internal policies if needed. Potential outcome of investigation:
    1. Substantiated/guilty. Coach/volunteer is dismissed from his/her position
    2. Inconclusive/not guilty. Seek legal counsel. Consider if coach/volunteer should be dismissed, with or without severance.
    3. Criminal processes can be complex and lengthy. A finding of not guilty may not necessarily mean that the abuse did not occur. Consult with a lawyer.
  5. Document the outcome of the investigation on the incident report form. Document the results of the internal follow-up.

3.3.5 Many of the steps above would also apply when:

  1. A child divulges abuse by someone outside the organization
  2. A peer divulges on behalf of another child
  3. An adult suspects that a child is being/or has been abused
  4. The safety of the child and other children in the organization must always be ensured in the process.

3.3.5 Legal guidance should be sought prior to suspension or dismissal

 

For more information please visit SSA website.

 

PDF versions of above are available:

Aurora Safe Environment

Reporting Sexual Abuse and Misconduct - SYSI

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