Please be advised the U.S. Center for SafeSport has published a series of Parent Tool Kits. While the tool kits are aimed at parents, the information is helpful to anyone wanting to better understand the forms, signs and means of preventing abuse. To view the complete guide, covering all identified age groups, click on the “complete parent tool kit.” To view a particular age group, click on the associated link. Please distribute broadly to your membership.
- Parents of Preschool Children
- Parents of School-Age Children
- Parents of Middle School Youth
- Parents of High School Aged Adolescents
USA Volleyball and the Old Dominion Region are committed to the safety of their members. For USA Volleyball’s commitment to SafeSport please visit their website for more information. USA Volleyball SafeSport
Recently there was an announcement from the U.S. Center for SafeSport Education and Outreach Newsletter. Here is that announcement and support files.
We urge you to share the newsletter immediately and broadly with your constituents especially noting the fact sheet detailing provisions of Senate Bill 534 which was signed into law February 14, 2018, and is effective immediately.
Of particular importance is the extended reporting duties that require mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours. An individual who is required, but fails, to report suspected child sexual abuse is subject to criminal penalties. While the legislation is written in broad legal terms the intent for us, as provided by the U.S. Center for SafeSport immediately report (within 24 hours) an allegation of child abuse of an amateur athlete who is a minor to: (i) the Center, and (ii) to law enforcement.
All attachments will be placed in the share file SafeSport folder for easy reference.
Further, the new legislation requires reasonable procedures to limit one-on-one interactions between a minor and an adult. There is no grace period as the law is already in effect. Note the Center is working now on template procedures which they will distribute.
*Note S.534 is a “federal” law and state laws as well as policies can be more stringent. As an example S.534 limits one-on-one interactions of minor athletes and adults but policies/practices may limit one-on-one interaction among adult coaches and junior athletes who are not minors but are juniors. Additionally state laws have different age definitions for minors but the U.S Center for SafeSport Code of conduct defines a covered minor as a covered individual under the age of 18. Last S.534 uses the term “amateur” but the code of conduct would apply to a covered minor who may not be an amateur.