Education is, without a doubt, the cornerstone of curbing abuse and harassment in sport. Prior to 2020, a number of organizations in Canada, including the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Respect Group, had already developed and delivered education programs to assist child-serving organizations in the prevention of sexual abuse.
Mandatory Training at the National Level
As per Sport Canada’s funding expectations, federally-funded sport organizations have the obligation to ensure that, prior to April 1, 2021, all their members complete Safe Sport Training or a recognized equivalent. For now, there are two programs that meet the Sport Canada standards:
Coaching Association of Canada (CAC):
Canadian Centre for Child Protection
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children.
C3P’s Commit to Kids program helps child-serving organizations reduce the risk of sexual abuse and create safer environments for children in their care. The program’s tools provide organizations with information on the issue of child sexual abuse which forms the basis for educated policies and procedures — from hiring and screening to reporting and staff training.
Canadian Centre for Child Protection :
Commit to Kids for Coaches eLearning module
Commit to Kids for Coaches: Foundational Information for Safeguarding Children from Sexual Abuse
(Free 23 minutes video)