Safe Sport Response & Reporting

BACKGROUND

Freestyle Canada has a fundamental obligation and responsibility to protect the health, safety and physical and mental well-being of every individual that is involved in the Canadian Freestyle community. 

Freestyle Canada believes that everyone in the sport has the right to enjoy the sport at whatever level or position they participate. Athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment, or discrimination. Freestyle Canada believes the welfare of everyone involved in the sport is a foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children/athletes in the sport is the responsibility of each individual, member.

Freestyle Canada takes any situation involving, but not limited to, misconduct, maltreatment, and concussion protocol very seriously. For this reason, Freestyle Canada is committed to enacting and enforcing strong, clear, and effective policies and processes for promoting a healthy and safe environment and when needed effective policies and processes to deal with any misconduct, maltreatment or concussion related issues. 

The Freestyle Canada safe sport program focuses on three key areas: Education, Prevention and Response, all of which will be supported by strong governance, policies, and procedures. The goal is to ensure that all members and registrants, at all levels, have the resources to provide and access a fun, healthy, inclusive, and safe environment.

Should any individuals involved with Freestyle Canada, including but not limited to Athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and parents/guardians of Athletes, wish to report any instance of misconduct or maltreatment, they may do so directly to Freestyle Canada via the Safe Sport Liaison. Freestyle Canada will then determine the appropriate forum and manner to address the complaint.

 

FREESTYLE CANADA SAFE SPORT RESPONSE 

SAFE SPORT LIAISON ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Safe Sport Liaison’s role and responsibility covers the following:

  • Initial point of contact person for Freestyle Canada to intake any questions about Safe Sport and receive initial Freestyle Canada Safe Sport incident/complaint forms. The Safe Sport Liaison will communicate all received complaints to Freestyle Canada and assist/provide input on how best to deal with such complaints. 
  • When a complaint is initiated and being investigated by either Freestyle Canada or a neutral third-party investigator, the Safe Sport Liaison acts as a communication intermediary between the complainant, respondent, witnesses and Freestyle Canada to address questions between those individuals and Freestyle Canada and as a liaison to assist a third-party investigator.

PROCESS FOR REPORTING

Freestyle Canada Safe Sport Reporting steps:

Freestyle Canada takes reports of misconduct very seriously.  We have developed a safe, fair and anonymous reporting structure for the Freestyle Canada Community that not only complies with the Safe Sport Movement that has taken shape in Canada but sets the bar to which others in the sport environment strive. United, empowering, proud, bold and progressive is who we are as an organization, and we strongly believe in living our values. 

  • Intake of incidents via Freestyle Canada Safe Sport Liaison (SSL): Intake of all reports will be handled first by Freestyle Canada’s designated Safe Sport Liaison (FC SSL)
  • Any individual may report an incident or complaint to Freestyle Canada via our FC SSL in writing using the Freestyle Canada Safe Sport Intake FORM A
  • Intake ‘FORM A’ reports should be submitted in writing to the Freestyle Canada SSL. Complete and submit FORM A to: [email protected] 
  • All reported incidents are handled/investigated either by a neutral third-party investigator or by designated personnel of Freestyle Canada depending on the assessed circumstances; 
  • The FC SSL will assist in determining how the case is handled depending on the severity of the allegations and the circumstances of the allegations.
  • Incident forms reviewed by the FC SSL and assessed by Freestyle Canada that are criminal in nature would immediately be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation.

ADDITIONAL SAFE SPORT RESOURCES

The Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) has launched the CANADIAN SPORT HELPLINE, a national toll-fee sport helpline to offer assistance to victims or witnesses of harassment, abuse or discrimination. The anonymous, confidential, and independent service will allow them to share and validate their concerns, obtain advice on required next steps, and be referred to other appropriate resources for follow up. 

The CANADIAN SPORT HELPLINE is funded by the Government of Canada. The helpline is a listening and referral service monitored by live operators from 8 am to 8 pm Eastern time, 7 days a week. Users will have a choice of communicating via a toll-free phone line, email, text or live chat, in the official language of their choice. The helpline will provide you with advice, guidance, and resources on how to proceed/intervene appropriately in the circumstances.

 

THE CANADIAN SPORTS HELPLINE

Available to all members – The helpline will provide you with advice, guidance, and resources on how to proceed/intervene appropriately in the circumstances.

1-888-837-7678 – ABUSE-FREE-SPORT.CA

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