New resources for parents available via U.S. Center for SafeSport
This course is a comprehensive resource for parents of youth athletes of all ages. The module takes less than an hour to complete and is comprised of five units: 1) Introduction to the Center for SafeSport; 2) Sexual Misconduct and Abuse; 3) Other Forms of Misconduct; 4) Creating Safe Environments; and 5) Responding to Misconduct. The units focus on the following points:
- The basic philosophy and policies of the U.S. Center for SafeSport
- What makes for a healthy coach-athlete relationship
- Best practices and policies you should look for in your child's sport organization
- What you should know about sexual abuse and sexual misconduct in sport
- What you should know about other forms of misconduct in sport, including: bullying, harassment, hazing and emotional and physical misconduct
- Tips for making sports situations safer for your child
- How to talk to your child about misconduct, and ways to encourage your child to speak up about misconduct if it occurs
- How your child's sport organization must report abuse and misconduct, in accordance with laws and policies
Instructions to take the course:
- Visit athletesafety.org and click "SIGN IN" in the top right corner to create an account.
- Complete the registration process. When prompted to enter a membership organization, enter "Not affiliated."
- Select "Shop for activities" and then locate "Parent's Guide to Misconduct in Sport."
- Select "Add To Bag" and then finish checking out for the module, although it is completely free.
- Select the play symbol and you may begin the training module, which does not need to be completed in one session.
Other resources for parents:
- Toolkit for Parents of Youth Athletes of All Ages
- Toolkit for Parents of Preschool Children
- Toolkit for Parents of School-Age Children
- Toolkit for Parents of Middle School Youth
- Toolkit for Parents of High School-Aged Adolescents
- Signs and symptoms of child abuse
- How to communicate with your child about misconduct
- Tips for local and overnight travel situations
- Questions to ask your child's coach, your child's club and your child's sports camp