US SQUASH

SafeSport

 

What is SafeSport?

We all have a role to play in creating a healthy setting in Squash. SafeSport helps raise awareness about misconduct, promote open dialogue, and provide training and resources. By working together, we can build a game plan to make Squash safe―for everyone.

To report an incident and find out more information about reporting procedures in each state, please click here.

Awareness

US Squash has a detailed Abuse, Harassment, Bullying, and Hazing Policy that can be found by clicking here.

Signs of Abuse

Signs of abuse may be displayed, but are not limited to, the following ways:

  • Losing enthusiasm for sport, even for competition.
  • Not wanting to practice.
  • Wanting to avoid contact with a particular individual – such as a coach, assistant coach, or athletic trainer.
  • Having a sudden mood change, such as a violent emotional outburst.
  • Wanting to change teams, even though his or her friends are on their current team

Game Plan

We each have our role to play in getting a game plan together:

Clubs

Clubs can build their plan by identifying their risks and create their strategy by following SafeSport principles found here.

Coaches

Coaches can help by knowing what to watch for, enforcing policies and procedures put forth by clubs, and taking SafeSport training online.  More information can be found here.

Parents

A parent’s role is to help verify plans in place and evaluate the effectiveness of a club’s plan and also implementation of the plan by their staff or coaches.  Additionally, parents can talk to their athletes regularly to help monitor behavior changes and support their development overall.  More information can be found here.

Players

For players, knowing what misconduct is, how to report misconduct, and what resources are available to them are vitally important.  Confidential resources and support are available, as well as instructions on how to report misconduct.  More information can be found here.

Reporting

When child sexual abuse, misconduct or policy violations are disclosed, the top priority is to protect athletes and prevent further incidents. Coaches, staff members and volunteers should not attempt to evaluate the credibility or validity of the claim as a condition to take action. Instead, it’s critical that any suspicions or allegations of child physical or sexual abuse are reported to the sport club or appropriate law enforcement authorities. A commitment to reporting, accountability and preparedness can all help organizations and individuals act responsibly in these situations.

To report an incident and find out more information about reporting procedures in each state, please click here.

The more prepared each member of the sport community is to ask the right questions and take decisive action, the greater the likelihood of the best possible outcome. Each member of the sport community has a different role to play to encourage disclosure:

Clubs

  • Report suspicions or allegations to appropriate law enforcement authorities
  • Cooperate fully with inquiries and investigations
  • Maintain open lines of communication with parents

Coaches

  • Report suspicions or allegations to appropriate law enforcement authorities
  • Cooperate fully with inquiries and investigations
  • Encourage disclosure among athletes

Parents

  • Communicate with clubs and coaches
  • Understand the reporting process
  • Monitor your child for sudden changes in behavior

Players

  • Know what misconduct is and how to report
  • Understand resources available to them
  • Use available resources

Criminal Background Checks

US SQUASH requires criminal background checks for individuals who are authorized to be in a position of authority over or have frequent contact with athletes.

Federal Law

Federal legislation – the Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act – sets minimum standards for defining child abuse and neglect for those States that accept federal funding. According to the Child Information Gateway, the minimum acts constituting child abuse and neglect are defined as:

  • “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation,” or
  • “An act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.”

State Law

Although federal legislation sets the minimum standards for defining child abuse and neglect, the definitions of child abuse and neglect vary by State.

To read more about mandatory reporting and state reporting laws, visit:

http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/manda.cfm

For state toll-free child abuse reporting numbers, visit:
http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reslist/rl_dsp.cfm?rs_id=5&rate_chno=W-00082

To search the definitions of child abuse by state, visit:
http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/state/

FAQs about Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect

Who should I report an incident to?

If you are aware of an incident of misconduct, contact your local child protective services office or law enforcement agency so the proper professionals can make an assessment. Many states have a toll-free hotline to report suspected child abuse or neglect; visit this link to find out where to call.

Will my report be anonymous?

Most states permit anonymous reports. If you disclose your identity, many states ensure that the alleged perpetrator doesn’t find out who you are. In some cases, however, your identity may be released (by court order or if you agree to it).

What information should I be able to provide?

It’s critical that you include as many specific details about an incident as possible. These facts will help officials determine the best course of action to take.

What happens after I report an incident?

Once an incident has been reported, law enforcement agencies will conduct an investigation and, based on their findings, take appropriate action.

Additional Resources for Emotional, Physical, and Sexual Misconduct

Crisis Assistance, Counseling and Referral Services

Sex-Specific Therapy

Additional Counseling Resources

  • Additional counseling resources can be found on the SafeSport website by clicking here.