Safe Sport & Risk Management

Safe Sport Position Statement: BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in. The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved.


As part of BC Soccer’s commitment to Safe Sport:

All the language contained in the British Columbia Universal Code of Conduct (BC UCC) has been accepted -  www.viasport.ca/bc-universal-code-of-conduct.

Our staff and board have completed Commit to Kids training and encourage all those involved in soccer within the membership, and beyond, to do the same. Please see the “Safe Sport & Education” tab below for more details.


BC Soccer is also pleased to align with Canada Soccer’s “Safe Sport Roster”, including committing to the Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge, and implementing rules requiring:

Team officials of any youth team shall consist of a minimum of one member of the same gender as the players on the team. This team official must be present on the bench and in the changing rooms.

All interactions between a team official and an individual player must take place within earshot and in view of other individual (team officials, players, parents, match officials and/or association officials).

All directors and every volunteer, employee, or contractor of BC Soccer or an affiliated BC Soccer organization aged 19 years or older must have a clear and/or completed Criminal Record Check and/or Vulnerable Sector Check or Enhanced Police Information Check on file in accordance with BC Soccer’s Criminal Record Check Policy. See the “Risk Management – Criminal Record Checks” tab below for more details.


This page is designed to house information relating to Safe Sport, Reporting, and Risk Management including resources, documents, and education offerings.


BC Soccer's Risk Management Officer and Privacy Officer
BC Soccer Board of Director, John Charlton.
E-mail: johncharlton@bcsoccer.net. Phone: 250-474-5506

If you, or someone close to you has been the victim of unacceptable behaviour, please use the resources below.


If you think anyone has been harmed, regardless of age, please report to the Police or RCMP.

If you think a child or youth under 19 years of age is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to a child welfare worker.

Phone: 1-800-663-9122 (any time of the day or night)        Website: CLICK HERE        Alternatively Contact the Police or RCMP


BC Provincial Government VictimLinkBC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across B.C. and the Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence, including victims of human trafficking exploited for labour or sexual services.

Phone: 1-800-563-0808 or 604-875-0885              E-mail: VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca                  Website: CLICK HERE


The Crisis Centre has been providing emotional support to youth, adults and seniors in distress since 1969.  As a safe place to turn when there seems to be no hope, the Crisis Centre is operated by 425+ frontline volunteers and a small team of professional staff who support and empower individuals to see their own strengths and options, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Website: https://crisiscentre.bc.ca/ (the site includes various phone and chat services)


The National Safe Sport Hotline is designed to ensure that Canadian sport participants of all levels compete in a safe and welcoming environment.

Please visit the link below for more details regarding the advice, guidance and resources they can provde on how to proceed/intervene appropriately in the circumstance you are faced with.

Abuse Free Sport website: www.http://abuse-free-sport.ca/        Abuse Fee Sport e-mail: info@abuse-free-sport.ca        Abuse Free Sport phone/text: 1-888-83SPORT (1-888-837-7678)


Cybertip.ca is Canada’s tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children.

Website: https://www.cybertip.ca/app/en/


Canada Soccer has an established independent whistleblower hotline, operated by a third party, which provides a secure location to lodge complaints or share information anonymously.  

Whistleblower Hotline: 1-800-661-9675        Whistleblower e-mail: whistleblower@canadasoccer.com        Read more about the Canada Soccer WhistleBlower program.


BC Soccer - Players, team officials, game officials and clubs, districts and leagues (and their appointees, volunteers and staff) have a duty and responsibility to conduct themselves appropriately while respecting the FIFA Laws of the Game, BC Soccer rules, regulations and policies and the rules of the clubs, districts and leagues. BC Soccer Rule 9 - Judicial Matters provides BC Soccer broad responsibility to ensure the proper conduct of all individuals involved in sanctioned soccer. Judicial Code & Policies of BC Soccer (Item 1.10 commencing on page 14 outlines the complaints procedure which may be submitted to the e-mail address on the Complaint Form).

Submitting a complaint: If you have a complaint that you feel meets the requirements with the Judicial Code & Polices of BC Soccer, please submit your completed Complaint Form with supporting information to the attention of the Judicial Chair, per 1.10 on page 14, to the e-mail address on the Complaint Form.

Activity since February 2019

Following publication of a blog in February 2019 containing troubling accounts from within a higher performance team environment, and assertions of systemic cultural behaviours within our sport, BC Soccer’s Board of Directors determined the association must conduct a thorough third-party review focusing on safety in the sport of soccer in our province.

Rubin Thomlinson LLP was retained as the independent investigators in Spring 2019 and the process of gathering information began, starting with an open invitation to participate in a wider ranging survey, followed by targeted surveys within the BC Soccer Premier League, Provincial soccer programs, and finally one-on-one interviews of individuals who volunteered to do so.  The procedure also included a full review of the bylaws, rules and policies of BC Soccer.

Rubin Thomlinson LLP led by Marisha Roman, finalized the report on December 19, 2019 and provided it to BC Soccer. On December 20, 2019, the Report was shared publicly on BC Soccer’s website and through direct communication to members and affiliated clubs across BC Soccer’s social media channels. Within the report, Rubin Thomlinson LLP provide suggested recommendations to BC Soccer to improve the manner in which it, as the governing body for the sport of soccer in BC, supports safety and addresses concerns about safety in the sport of soccer in BC. In turn, this report responds openly to the recommendations within the report.

CLICK HERE to view BC Soccer's “Safe Sport Program Assessment Report Response & Plan”.


In all of soccer development, competitions and programs, BC Soccer advocates coaches to follow a responsible Coaches Code of Conduct.


CLICK HERE to view Canada Soccer's Guide to Safety


Education Offerings to Support Safe Sport


Commit to Kids - The Commit to Kids program helps child-serving organizations reduce the risk of sexual abuse and create safer environments for children in their care. CLICK HERE


Respect in Sport - BC Soccer is pleased to partner with The Respect Group to support all the online education and certification program they have developed to support and create safe environments that are free from harassment, bullying and abuse.

Coaches are encouraged to take the Respect in Sport to Activity Leader E-learning Education Program.
 
The fee for this user friendly 2.5-hour online course is $30, collected by registration and payment process is done through Respect in Sport.


 Kids help phone logo

Respect Group in collaboration with Kids Help Phone have created free Mental Health Chats to assist youth (14 and up) with the many mental health issues they face as they return to school, sport and activity during this unprecedented time. Mental health chats with friends: you’re not alone


Safesport

Coaching Association of Canada - BC Soccer is also pleased to support The Safe Sport Training module offered by the Coaching Association of Canada. This FREE, 90-minute eLearning module that BC Soccer encourages all coaches to take, provides coaches the tools to recognize, address, and prevent maltreatment in sport. The module aligns with the principles of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport and meets Sport Canada requirements for Safe Sport education. CLICK HERE for more detailed information and to take the training.

Risk management allows organizations to identify and assess possible sources of harm, and take steps to decrease or prevent it from occurring. It must include evidence of procedures, processes and documents which show an organization’s commitment to maintaining the safety and wellbeing of all of the game's participants.

 
While it is not possible to eliminate all the risks involved in playing, coaching, or administering sport, BC Soccer is committed to reducing the risks associated with soccer in the province.
 
BC Soccer Rule 17 – Criminal Record Checks 

All BC Soccer directors and every volunteer or employee of BC Soccer or an affiliated BC Soccer organization aged 19 years or older must have completed a Criminal Record Check and/or Vulnerable Sector Check on file in accordance with BC Soccer’s Criminal Record Check Policy.

Criminal Record Check Policy

Youth District, Adult League & Associate Member CRC Compliance Report Template

Affiliated Organization CRC Report Compliance Template

Resources for Members and Affiliated Organizations - Setting up Accounts with Acceptable Providers
BC Soccer accepts the following providers for Criminal Record Checks / Vulnerable Sector Checks:

RCMP or Local Police Detachment - This is a manual process; no account is required. Please find a templated letter to provide to your volunteers in the Criminal Record Checks Procedures and Good Practice Guides & Templates Package

Ministry of Justice Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) - Different options to set up an account are available depending on the incorporation status of an organization (non-profit or for-profit), including the possibility of free checks for volunteers. More information is provided in an Online Service Guide for Organizations.

NEW - July 2019 the Criminal Records Review Program announced changes to their program. Information about the recent changes to the Criminal Records Review Program is available here

Sterling Backcheck Enhanced Police Information Check (EPIC) - Organizations can set up their online account by visiting MyBackCheck.com. Here, organizations will be provided the opportunity to pay the fee for their volunteers and/or employees who require an Enhanced Police Information Check.

Good Practice Guides & Templates for Criminal Record Checks

Criminal Record Checks Procedures Good Practice Guide & Templates Package

Risk Management Resources 

BC Handbook for Action on Child Abuse and Neglect 

Respect in Sport, online Parent Education Course

Respect in Sport, online Coach/Leader Education Course
Safety of all participants is the responsibility of everyone involved in soccer!

The follow information is broken up into Education, Policy, Return to Play - Post Injury, Resources and Forms.

BC Soccer recommends coaches to complete concussion training, parents take an active role to understand concussion symptoms. All organizations under BC Soccer's membership are to have a concussion management plan and distribute appropriate resources to support the plan.


Education

Making Headway (Coaching Association of Canada / National Coaching Certification Program) - CLICK HERE to register.

Concussion Management (SportMed BC) - CLICK HERE to register.

Concussion Awareness Training Tool (BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit) - CLICK HERE to register for free


Policy

All members under BC Soccer must adhere to BC Soccer's Concussion Policy.

Linked here is Canada Soccer Concussion Policy.


Return to Play - Post Injury

A typical RTP process will be made up of 6 steps. There must be a minimum of 24 hours before each step is assessed although this could be considerably longer than 24 hours. Oversight should be provided by a medical professional. CLICK HERE to view the 6-step process.


Resources

Canada Soccer Concussion Guidelines


Forms


Injury Report Form

Medical History Form

 

Risk management allows organizations to identify and assess possible sources of harm, and take steps to decrease or prevent it from occurring. It must include evidence of procedures, processes and documents which show an organization’s commitment to maintaining the safety and wellbeing of all of the game's participants.

 
While it is not possible to eliminate all the risks involved in playing, coaching, or administering sport, BC Soccer is committed to reducing the risks associated with soccer in the province.
 
BC Soccer Rule 17 – Criminal Record Checks 

All BC Soccer directors and every volunteer or employee of BC Soccer or an affiliated BC Soccer organization aged 19 years or older must have completed a Criminal Record Check and/or Vulnerable Sector Check on file in accordance with BC Soccer’s Criminal Record Check Policy.

Criminal Record Check Policy

Youth District, Adult League & Associate Member CRC Compliance Report Template

Affiliated Organization CRC Report Compliance Template

Resources for Members and Affiliated Organizations - Setting up Accounts with Acceptable Providers
BC Soccer accepts the following providers for Criminal Record Checks / Vulnerable Sector Checks:

RCMP or Local Police Detachment - This is a manual process; no account is required. Please find a templated letter to provide to your volunteers in the Criminal Record Checks Procedures and Good Practice Guides & Templates Package

Ministry of Justice Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) - Different options to set up an account are available depending on the incorporation status of an organization (non-profit or for-profit), including the possibility of free checks for volunteers. More information is provided in an Online Service Guide for Organizations.

NEW - July 2019 the Criminal Records Review Program announced changes to their program. Information about the recent changes to the Criminal Records Review Program is available here

Sterling Backcheck Enhanced Police Information Check (EPIC) - Organizations can set up their online account by visiting MyBackCheck.com. Here, organizations will be provided the opportunity to pay the fee for their volunteers and/or employees who require an Enhanced Police Information Check.

Good Practice Guides & Templates for Criminal Record Checks

Criminal Record Checks Procedures Good Practice Guide & Templates Package

Risk Management Resources 

BC Handbook for Action on Child Abuse and Neglect 

Respect in Sport, online Parent Education Course

Respect in Sport, online Coach/Leader Education Course