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SafeSport (Child/Sexual Abuse Prevention)

This page aggregates information and resources from other pages regarding the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (the "SafeSport Act"), which was signed into law on February 14, 2018 and became effective immediately.

It applies to, among others, all US Club Soccer membersPlease read and share this information with your members, parents and all other relevant parties.

Further information is available via US Club Soccer's Athlete and Participant Safety/Risk Management Policies and usclubsoccer.org/safety. The specific SafeSport training requirements are addressed in Policy 13.10.

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.

Centralized Disciplinary Database

The Centralized Disciplinary Database for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, which includes records from the U.S. Center for SafeSport from March 2017 onward, as well as known historical disciplinary records received from and certified by the National Governing Bodies (NGBs) concerning individuals who have been sanctioned and rendered ineligible for sexual misconduct offenses.


Mandatory Reporting Provisions

Pursuant to the SafeSport Act, all mandatory reporters are required to report suspected child abuse, including sexual 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. This requirement applies to, among others, all Covered Personnel as described in US Club Soccer Policy 13.01.

Specifically, the definition of mandatory reporter now includes any “adult who is authorized, by a national governing body, a member of a national governing body, or an amateur sports organization that participates in interstate or international amateur athletic competition, to interact with a minor or amateur athlete at an amateur sports organization facility or at any event sanctioned by a national governing body, a member of a national governing body, or such an amateur sports organization.”

If you make a report to law enforcement consistent with this section, please also complete US Club Soccer's Athlete and Participant Safety/Risk Management Reporting Form. This will assist US Club Soccer in taking action as appropriate.

These obligations are in addition to any state or local law requirements that an individual may have in a particular jurisdiction.


SAFESPORT CORE AND REFRESHER TRAINING

This is the primary training that has been required of all Participating Adults (ex: coaches and staff members) registering with US Club Soccer since the 2018-19 registration year. The online training covers the following subjects: sexual abuse, hazing, bullying, emotional misconduct, physical misconduct, harassment (non-sexual) as well as reporting obligations. 

Those with a staff membership purchased via US Club Soccer's National Registration System, powered by SportsEngine, will receive an email with a unique link to complete SafeSport Training via an API connection.

For others, to receive an auto-reply with the U.S. Soccer access code and instructions to become SafeSport Trained, please email SafeSport@usclubsoccer.org.

Technical Support:

For technical support with the online training, 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. Do not contact technical support regarding the U.S. Soccer access code, as they are unable to help. The access code may be obtained via the instructions above.


TRAINING AND RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

US Club Soccer strongly encourages all parents of Youth Participants to take the U.S. Center for SafeSport's Parent's Guide to Misconduct in Sport Training on an annual basis.

Designed for parents of athletes of all ages, the free online course explains the issues of misconduct in sport and helps parents ensure their children have a positive and safe sport experience. Beyond the online training, a variety of parent toolkits are also available.


TRAINING FOR YOUTH PARTICIPANTS

US Club Soccer strongly encourages all Youth Participants, subject to parental consent, to complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport's Youth Athlete Training on an annual basis.

These free online trainings are designed as an introduction for minor athletes and their parents or other caregivers to understand the importance of positive, welcoming environments in sports, where misconduct like bullying or abuse is less likely to happen, and to know where to report abuse, should it occur.


OTHER RESOURCES:

  • SafeSport.org is not only a medium to make a child abuse report, but it also has numerous fact sheets, articles, downloadable graphics, and resources.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway provides a variety of tools, training resources and programs to raise awareness and reduce risk. It also contains a searchable database of state statutes, and US Club Soccer members are encouraged to become familiar with their respective state statutes. 
  • For parents, here are specific questions to ask your child's coach, your child's club and your child's sports camp
  • “Safer, Smarter Kids” – of Lauren’s Kids – creates abuse prevention education for elementary-aged children. Here is a parent toolkit that encourages conversations between parents and children by leading families through sample scenarios
  • ChildHelp.org operates a 24-hour national child abuse hotline, as well as programs for prevention, intervention and treatment.