Below is related information from the U.S. Soccer Federation that was shared with US Club Soccer. It applies to, among others, all US Club Soccer members. Please read and share this information with your members, parents and all other relevant parties.
This summary is not intended to supplant the need for every member to review the statute and we urge our members to contact us should you have any questions. In addition, you may also wish to consult your own counsel regarding how this new law will impact your organization. This web page is not intended to provide legal advice to our members.
On Feb. 14, 2018, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was signed into law and became effective immediately. The legislation is available for download here. The U.S. Center for SafeSport has released a fact sheet about the legislation, and here is a video PSA about the Center.
In addition to the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s fact sheet, which provides information regarding the entire law, here is additional detail on the specific mandatory reporting of child abuse requirements included in the new legislation:
As stated above, you are required to report suspected child abuse within 24 hours to the local law enforcement agency, or local child protective services agency that has jurisdiction to investigate reports of child abuse or to protect child abuse victims, or to the FBI.
Additionally, please also communicate this report to the U.S. Soccer integrity hotline at https://www.ussoccer.com/integrity-hotline or (312) 528-7004 and the U.S. Center for SafeSport at https://safesport.org/report-a-concern. Reporting to the U.S. Soccer integrity hotline and the U.S. Center for SafeSport is not a substitute for reporting to law enforcement, child protective services, and/or the FBI.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport online training covers the following subjects: sexual abuse, hazing, bullying, emotional misconduct, physical misconduct, harassment (non-sexual) as well as reporting obligations. There are three modules required to become “SafeSport Trained”: a) Mandatory Reporting: Understanding Your Responsibilities; b) Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education; and c) Emotional and Physical Misconduct.
This training is available to all US Club Soccer members at no cost and is required of all coaches and staff members registering with US Club Soccer beginning with the 2018-19 registration year. Details are contained on the Staff Registration web page.
To receive an auto-reply with instructions to become SafeSport Trained, please email SafeSport@usclubsoccer.org.
For technical support, please contact the U.S. Center for SafeSport Technical Support Help Desk at (720) 676-6417 or complete the contact form on this web page.
*New as of Dec. 10, 2018:* New and free resources for parents are available via the U.S. Center for SafeSport, including the “Parent’s Guide to Misconduct in Sport” online course and a variety of toolkits, which address misconduct issues in sport and help parents ensure their children have the most positive and safest experience possible.
US Club Soccer encourages all parents to take this course and familiarize themselves with the additional resources. US Club Soccer also encourages all member clubs and organizations to forward these resources to all parents associated with their clubs and organizations. For more information, please review this Member Update.