Frequently Asked Questions - Abuse and Violence Prevention
have a complaint about my sport/team/coach, who
do I go to?
It’s best to work out disputes at the local
level first by contacting your local sport club
or league executive. If this doesn’t work, your
sport’s provincial sport organization should
have a process in place to resolve issues and
disputes. Visit the
Sport BC website to find the link to your
provincial sport organization.
My child is being
harassed/abused in sport, what do I do?
While there are differing degrees of
harassment and abuse, either can result in
serious setbacks to a child’s enjoyment of, and
participation in, sport and recreation
activities. Encourage your child to talk openly
to you about their activities and let them know
that it’s okay to tell when something isn’t
If you have concerns about a specific
situation, you should try to resolve it at your
local level by talking to someone affiliated
with the sport or recreation association, club,
or league. If you feel the situation can not be
resolved at this level, contact your provincial
sport organization (visit the
Sport BC website for contact information for
provincial sport organizations). Sport BC also
has a harassment policy and procedure set up to
help resolve complaints.
If you suspect child abuse of a physical or
sexual nature, report it to your local police
and/or local Ministry for Children and Families
office or call the Helpline for Children line at
310-1234 (no area code is required) or
Crimestoppers Tips Line at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Also, children often learn by example.
Whether it’s by their friends, team mates or
parents, those around them have a tremendous
influence on their behaviour. That’s why it’s
important for parents and other adults to act
SportSafe Parent Contract
lays out the
acceptable rules of behaviour of a parent in
relation to their child’s sport or recreation
For more information about preventing
harassment and abuse in sport see the
in this website.
Does my sport team/club require
criminal records checks for coaches, parents and
Criminal Records Review Act,
organizations that are licensed or receiving
funds from the provincial government must have
staff who work with children undergo a criminal
record check. Fees for criminal records checks
for people covered under this Act will be
absorbed by the Ministry of Public Safety and
Solicitor General. While the Act does not
currently include volunteers who work with
children, many organizations will have criminal
record checks performed on such volunteers, such
as coaches, officials and chaperones.
Criminal record checks are done by local
police and people undergoing criminal record
checks must provide written permission.
Criminal record checks are an important
safeguard – but it’s not the only one as
information from criminal records checks only
provides information about convictions and not
about charges laid or being suspected of
Other screening measures include developing
good policies and procedures for recruiting,
selecting and supervising volunteers. Some
volunteers, like coaches, have more access to
children than others (e.g. route marshals, board
members) and as such, more stringent screening
and supervision procedures should be applied.
For more information about screening, see
volunteer screening model
on this website.
While criminal record checks and screening
are not foolproof, they are a good deterrent to
those who fear a background check.
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