Coaching Association of Canada

Playing sports is a great way to learn skills, stay fit, and see the positive results that come from hard work and teamwork. Coaches have a responsibility to provide participants with a safe environment.

All parents have the right to talk to the coach or the coach's employer if they have questions or concerns about interactions with their child. In fact, parents may have the most vital role in shaping their children's experience of sport – and in the development of the sport organization where their children play.

Ask your coach, "Have you followed any safe sport training?"

Creating a culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. The Safe Sport Training eLearning module developed by the CAC will help anyone involved in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment.


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Safe Sport Questions you should ask your sport organization:

Be willing to walk away from an organization that does not support the Responsible Coaching Movement and the policies and procedures it recommends.

Ask your coach if they have taken the Three Steps to Responsible Coaching

The Three Steps to Responsible Coaching help participants and coaches benefit fully from sport participation in a safe, healthy, and fun environment. This methodology is a call to action for coaches and sports organizations to learn and apply consistent best practices in coaching.

Rule of Two Background Screening Ethics Training
Ensures open and observable interactions to protect participant and coach alike.
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Ensures coaches meet important requirements to coach participants of all ages.
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Prepares coaches to respond ethically and with confidence in challenging situations.
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What to do if you suspect abuse

If you have a concern about a child and want to talk to someone, contact the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. If you suspect abuse, report it to your local child welfare and/or police.

Safe Sport Resources: 

Reporting Concerning Behaviour Misconduct, Concerning Behaviour and Child Sexual Abuse:

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