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Saskatchewan Leading The Way With Safe Sport Campaign

October 8th, 2019 Activity Leaders, Respect in Sport, Uncategorised

Released on October 7, 2019

The Government of Saskatchewan and Sask Sport Inc., have teamed up to launch a joint marketing campaign to increase awareness on the tools and resources available to assist coaches, athletes and parents on bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination in sport.

“Ensuring a healthy, safe and respectful environment for all participants in amateur sport across our province is a priority,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. “Thanks to the dedication of Sask Sport and the provincial sport organizations, coaches, parents and athletes, this campaign compliments the hard work already underway.”

The marketing campaign will increase awareness and use of important resources, contacts and training available online, such as the Respect Resource Line. Expert staff provide information, bilingual support, resources and referrals pertaining to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination in sport by phone, text or email.

This confidential and anonymous resource is intended to assist coaches, athletes and parents in determining the most appropriate course of action. This campaign would not be possible without Sask Sport and their members, considered leaders across Canada with their dispute resolution policies, services and tools. Sask Sport includes the Respect Resource Line and the Respect in Sport online training programs for coaches and activity leaders.

“Sask Sport thanks the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, our member organizations and the many partners who have actively worked with us over the past 20 years to provide good governance practices and policies that reduce the risk of conflicts and disputes in sport,” Sask Sport Inc. volunteer Board Chair Kenric Exner said. “This effort has created a strong foundation for helping to prevent, identify and effectively deal with bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination, and we are eager to share the important resources and information in order to continue to help keep sport safe, healthy and fun in Saskatchewan.”

“We are so proud of our partnership with the Government of Saskatchewan and Sask Sport,” Respect Group Co-Founder Sheldon Kennedy said. “Training programs are only successful when organizations make them a priority. Kudos to Sask Sport and the sport leaders they serve.”

In addition, the campaign supports Sask Sport and their members in the promotion of resources to ensure more coaches are trained in current safe sport best practices.

For more information on the various sport resources, contacts and training, visit http://www.sasksport.sk.ca/safesport/.

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For more information, contact:

Jamie Toth
Parks, Culture and Sport
Regina
Phone: 306-787-3506
Email: jamie.toth@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-527-8152

Leah Laxdal
Sask Sport Inc.
Saskatoon
Phone: 306-975-0871
Email: llaxdal@sasksport.sk.ca

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Soccer Québec – Scholarship For Female Soccer Development

September 13th, 2019 Activity Leaders, Respect et sport pour leaders d’activité, Respect in Sport

The Soccer Québec / Respect in Sport scholarship program increases the number of women who will follow the various licenses and / or internships to improve their knowledge and then hope to climb the ladder in the world of Québec soccer.

The scholarship program will have three different components. The first will be the community component (for educators who will follow their S2, S3, S7). The second component will be the performance component (C, B and A license) and then the third will be the development component (children’s license and youth license).

The selection process will be done in three steps:

The first step will be registration via the following application form: https://form.jotform.com/92303674915258

The form can be completed by the candidate herself, or by a representative of her club / region.

The second step will be done once the applications are received. Registered candidates will receive a second form, which they will complete themselves. This form will focus on the candidates’ objectives and available tools.

The third step will be to determine the scholarship recipients. This step will be through an interview, in person, or by video conference, to better know the candidate and its objectives in soccer.

To register, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Has been training for at least two seasons
• Commits to continue coaching for two more seasons
• Affiliated in a club, or as a coach in regional programs
• Answer prerequisites

The prerequisites for the different licenses are:
• For S1, S2, S3, S7: Monitor for at least 2 seasons
• For Lic C: Theory A + Theory B
• For ESP (DEP): Lic C
• For Children’s License: Theory A + Theory B + Lic C
• For Juvenile License: Theory A + Theory B + Lic C

The successful candidates will be announced at the Gala de la Mi-Temps on November 23-24.

For more information, please contact Julie Casselman at the following email address: jcasselman@soccerquebec.org.

“We know better” Former NHL player and child abuse advocate Sheldon Kennedy spoke in Goderich on the importance of the ‘Safe Places’ program

April 3rd, 2019 Activity Leaders, Respect in Sport

Source: Goderich Signal Star

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Rural Response for Healthy Children (RRHC) invited former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy to speak at the Knight’s of Columbus Centre last Friday.

Abused by a coach as a minor hockey player, Kennedy has been through therapy, treatments and dealt with his demons while on the road to recovery.

Kennedy has since become an advocate for children in Calgary and the nation, partnering with local organizations and the government to change legislator.

Working as an advocate for the Calgary and area child advocacy centre, Kennedy shared with Goderich that education is important in making social changes pertaining to tools needed in order to prevent abuse or support sexual abuse victims.

The Calgary and area child advocacy centre is a model of collaboration. Every case that the hospital receives gets triaged with each member of that advocacy organization to look at the entire picture.

Kennedy stressed the importance of sharing information between organizations and advocacy groups, in order to reach out to sexual abuse survivors early enough to make a positive difference in their lives.

“We know better today,” said Kennedy.

“The sooner we reach kids, the better chance we have of turning their life around and giving them a chance to follow their dreams.”

In five years, the advocacy group in Calgary investigated 7,900 cases, where 15 percent of these cases were from children services and 95 percent of these cases the children knew their abuser.

An even more devastating statistic showed that 45 percent of those kids were abused right at home.

Kennedy told the crowd last Friday that sexual abuse is one of the leading contributors to early childhood mental health issues and addiction.

Kennedy discussed the trauma he experienced as well as the work he has done including the creation of the Respect Group and how that evolved into the ‘Safe Places Project’.

‘Safe Places’ began in Swift Current, Saskatchewan and has since spread across Canada.

At a previous Goderich Town Council meeting Executive Director of RRHC, Selena Hazlitt introduced the ‘Safe Places’ initiative. Huron County is one of the first regions to implement the program.

Hazlitt shared with the Signal Star that research results on the impacts of abuse are staggering.

“We know that when abuse occurs, it increases the risk for long-term physical and mental health issues. If the victim seeks help and is not listened to, that risk level soars,” said Hazlitt.

“We know that when children and youth have a trusted adult in their life who responds and supports them in seeking help, the outcome for a healthier life is improved.”

In addition to emotional and mental impacts from abuse, financial impacts on adults who experienced abuse in their younger years can be monumental in regards to the cost of intervention or crisis level mental health and addiction treatments.

“By investing in prevention strategies, we can alleviate that financial pressure and more importantly give children and youth who are victimized a greater opportunity to thrive in their adult lives, contribute to their community and be loving parents,” added Hazlitt.

Hazlitt concluded that the community has an opportunity to utilize ‘Safe Places’ to become a well-informed place with adults who know how to listen and respond.

‘Safe Places Huron County’ increases public awareness and knowledge in order to effectively listen and respond to youth.

“It’s not about blame but it’s about responsibility to look out for one another and have the confidence to deal with issues properly if we suspect something going on,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy spoke on his childhood trauma, inflicted on him by a coach he trusted.

He stressed that the incident was sexual abuse but the impact was depression, anxiety, substance abuse, addiction and at times, self harm.

Shortly after Kennedy was abused, he began using in order to distance himself from the trauma.

It was only until he spoke out and accepted professional help that Sheldon began his road to recovery.

“We can’t fix people, but people support and invite them to get help and sadly there are many who don’t accept that invitation and we have lost a lot of people,” said Kennedy. MORE

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Canada-wide respect in sport training tool preventing abusive behaviour: officials

November 7th, 2018 Activity Leaders, Parents, Respect in Sport

London official says disciplining parental behaviour dropped tenfold

Officials say sport organizations are reporting fewer issues related to disciplining behaviour. (Getty Images/Hero Images)

A nation-wide training tool for parents and coaches is creating a healthier and safer sports environment through the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination, officials say.

More than one million people in Canada have been trained through Respect in Sport, Respect Group Inc. in the last decade of its existence.

Whether on the ice or turf, officials say sport organizations are reporting fewer incidents related to disciplining behaviour.

“We’re really trying to help sport organizations create an environment where kids want to stay involved in sport and stay engaged,” said Mark Allen, Ontario director of the program.

“[It’s] to keep it fun and safe for kids, keep kids engaged so that they want to come back and just provide a level of education for those that are responsible for overseeing kids.”

The online education tool offers training to clubs mandated through Hockey Canada, among others. More recently, it established partnerships with other national governing bodies for sports including gymnastics, skating and swimming, along with provincial bodies including Ontario Soccer.

While it’s mainly used in sport, Scouts Canada has also used the tool to train more than 26,000 of its leaders.

Training parents and coaches

The 2.5 hour training course for coaches focuses on the primary basics around bullying and harassment. But it also tackles topics like long-term player development and injury and concussion management.

A screen capture of the Respect in Sport Activity Leaders Program preview. (Respect in Sport)

“It’s really just acknowledging these issues and talking about them in such a way that coaches are going to feel comfortable to address them and not let things go if they’re hearing racial slurs or hearing comments,” said Allen.

The one-hour training course for parents focuses on much of the same topics but also includes guidelines around how to treat a child or coach during and after a game.

For example, Allen said parents are taught the 24-hour rule, which encourages them to wait a full day to discuss an incident with an official in an effort to avoid unnecessary altercations.

“If you still feel the need to reach out to the coach, do it 24 hours later when you’re a little bit calmer and it’ll be a more productive discussion than doing it in the heat of the moment,” he said.

Another rule — dubbed the car ride home — encourages positive behaviour after a game, despite the score turnout.

Every four years, the program is revamped to cover relevant and current issues.

“Our program is used from coast to coast to coast, so we want to make sure that it includes everybody and that everybody sees themselves in the program,” said Allen.

The most recent revamp included a section about transgender people. Allen said the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has also influenced content change.

In Ontario, there’s no recertification requirement for the program, however, officials are looking to possibly change that.

‘A marked change in behaviour’

Kevin Egan, past president of the London Junior Knights, has observed the changes before and after the local team implemented Respect in Sport about 10 years ago, when the team was one of the first across Canada to adopt the program.

We’re really trying to help sport organizations create an environment where kids want to stay involved in sport and stay engaged.– Mark Allen, Respect Group Inc.

“We’re seeing a marked change in behaviour … It’s been a dramatic change.”

“The number of times that we have had to discipline parents for behaviour in the rink has dropped probably more than tenfold,” said Egan, noting that it’s difficult to quantify the change because there are no statistics.

“People became better behaved in the rink … there were far fewer issues coming to the board for discipline purposes,” he said.

“[There was] no swearing, no losing your temper, no throwing things or kicking things or the types of behaviour that had been a problem in the past.”

Egan also credits some of the changes to a city of London policy called Rzone, enacted in 2013. It’s an education and awareness strategy that promotes respectful behaviour at recreational facilities across the city. It encourages people to report incidents of misbehaviour to city officials.

Back in 2014, Mount Royal University released numbers in relation to the Respect in Sport program in its region, noting fewer outbursts from hockey parents.

Currently, the University of Toronto is conducting its own research on the program.

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Canada Soccer signs on to Respect in Sport agreement to bolster player safety

November 6th, 2018 Activity Leaders, Parents, Respect in Sport

Posted on 5 November 2018 in Coaching – Canada Soccer

Canada Soccer is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Respect in Sport as part of its core values to ensure a safe and positive environment for all participants of the game. The organization founded by former NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy is aimed at preventing abuse in sport through coursework for coaches and team officials working with young athletes.

“This partnership is an important formalization of the work being done across the country to ensure that proper protections are in place for young athletes,” said Canada Soccer Director of Development Jason deVos. “We all have a responsibility to ensure young soccer players are in a supportive and safe development environment and this agreement is another layer to those protections.”

All coaches who participate in Canada Soccer’s coach education licensing programs will now be required to take a soccer-specific Respect in Sport module as part of coach education programs across the country.

“The Respect Group have been at the forefront of child protection in Canada for more than a decade, and we are delighted to sign this agreement to bolster our efforts in this vital area,” deVos said.

Canadian athletes speak out in Calgary to end abuse in sport

June 8th, 2018 Activity Leaders, General News, Parents, Respect in Sport

Colleen Schmidt – CTV News – June 8, 2018

Two victims of former Canadian National ski coach, Bertrand Charest, are calling for sweeping changes to end sexual abuse in sport and were in the city on Friday to share their stories with Calgarians.

Former professional skiers Genevieve Simard and Amelie-Frederique Gagnon are among several women who were sexually assaulted by Charest….

The two women are advocating for a protection program that includes mandatory training for all coaches, volunteers, and everyone in the entourage of an athlete.

“The reason we wanted to come out in the public eye on Monday and give our press conference is to give the biggest impact possible to put a face on the twelve of us and what has happened and we want to create awareness to everybody in the country because we want to ensure that safe, that sports become safe for our children, for the next generation and that’s why we’re doing this. We want to take this horrible chapter in our lives and we want to turn it into something positive and that’s making sure these kinds of abuse never happen again and we need the government in helping us achieve that,” said Simard. MORE

RESPECT GROUP CALLS FOR GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY TO KEEP CANADIAN SPORT FREE FROM MALTREATMENT

June 8th, 2018 Activity Leaders, General News, Parents, Press Releases, Respect in Sport

 

Voir plus bas pour la version en français

 

June 6, 2018

Respect Group commends the bravery of the former members of the National Ski Team, Amélie-Frédérique Gagnon, Gail Kelly, Anna Prchal and Geneviève Simard and the many other women who have come forward to disclose their stories and share their collective goal in calling for safer sport. They represent a multitude of past victims and their voices have already inspired other courageous individuals to come forward.

 

Respect Group also applauds the leadership of B2Ten, the Coaching Association of Canada, the Sport Dispute and Resolution Centre of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection for bringing this critical topic to the forefront and advocating for sport that is free from maltreatment. These recommendations include;

 

  • Mandatory online training as to rights, responsibilities, obligations and awareness for athletes, coaches, professional service providers and management;
  • Development, adoption and adherence of Policies and Procedures to prevent all forms of maltreatment;
  • An independent avenue for parties to raise concerns when issues arise;
  • The rule of two; insuring, within reason, that young athletes are not left on their own with a coach, staff or other personnel for an extended duration.

 

 

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Respect Group was incorporated on April 5th, 2004 by co-founders, Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil, to pursue their common passion: the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). Offering certification programs for Community/Sport Organizations (Respect in Sport), Schools and the Workplace, Respect Group has certified over 1,000,000 Canadians.

 

 

 

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6 juin 2018

Respect Group salue la bravoure des anciens membres de l’équipe nationale de ski, Amélie-Frédérique Gagnon, Gail Kelly, Anna Prchal et Geneviève Simard et les nombreuses autres femmes qui ont dévoilé leur histoire et partagé leur objectif commun en réclamant une sécurité accrue en sport. Elles  représentent une multitude de victimes passées, et leurs voix ont déjà inspiré d’autres personnes courageuses à se manifester.

 

Respect Group applaudit également le leadership de B2dix, l’Association canadienne des entraîneurs, le Centre de règlement des différends sportifs du Canada et le Centre canadien de protection de l’enfance pour avoir porté ce sujet critique au premier plan et exigé un sport exempt de  maltraitance. Ces recommandations comprennent :

 

  • Une formation en ligne obligatoire sur les droits, les responsabilités, les obligations et la sensibilisation des athlètes, des entraîneurs, des fournisseurs de services professionnels et de la direction;
  • L’élaboration, l’adoption et l’adhésion aux politiques et procédures visant à prévenir toutes les formes de maltraitance;
  • Un canal indépendant offert à toutes les parties pour partager les préoccupations lorsque des problèmes surviennent;
  • La règle de deux : s’assurer, dans la mesure du possible, que les jeunes athlètes ne soient pas seuls avec un entraîneur ou tout membre du personnel pendant une période prolongée.

 

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Respect Group a été constitué le 5 avril 2004 par les cofondateurs Sheldon Kennedy et Wayne McNeil pour poursuivre une passion commune: la prévention de l’intimidation, de l’abus, du harcèlement et de la discrimination. Offrant des programmes de certification pour les organismes communautaires / sportifs (Respect et sport), les écoles et le milieu de travail, Respect Group a certifié plus de 1,000,000 de Canadiens.

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Sheldon Kennedy Sees History Repeating With Nassar Case

March 6th, 2018 Activity Leaders, Parents, Respect in Sport, Sheldon Kennedy

SportsNet.Ca

Dan Robson January 24, 2018

 

Sheldon Kennedy Sees History Repeating With Nassar Case

For more than two decades, Nassar, who also ran a gymnastics clinic at Michigan State University, used his position of power and trust to prey on vulnerable children. Each account of sexual abuse further exposed a culture of ignorance and victim blaming within competitive sport.The enormity of Nassar crimes seems unfathomable. That he wasn’t stopped sooner is unconscionable. There weren’t just red flags. There were flashing lights and sirens. And they were ignored again and again. And as those wrenching accounts of sexual abuse were shared at Nassar’s sentencing, Sheldon Kennedy saw history repeatingMORE

Golf Canada Joins the Responsible Coaching Movement

March 6th, 2018 Activity Leaders, Respect in Sport, Respect in the Workplace

Golf Canada Joins the Responsible Coaching Movement

 

Golf Canada is proud to announce it is working to combat and prevent abuse, bullying and harassment in golf by adopting Respect in Sport and Respect in the Workplace as part of its deepened commitment to the Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM). “We are very proud to be joining other National Sport Federations in adopting and facilitating this important training among our golf community,” said Laurence Applebaum, CEO, Golf Canada. “Our commitment to integrating the Responsible Coaching Movement and Respect programming into the core areas of our organization will strengthen our efforts to build a culture of respect, and further instill a safe, fun and positive environment in golf.” MORE

Active bystanders can stop abuse in the halls of power

March 5th, 2018 Activity Leaders, Parents, Respect in School, Respect in Sport, Respect in the Workplace, Sheldon Kennedy

Policy Options – Michelle Austin

February 5, 2018

Active bystanders can stop abuse in the halls of power

What everyone who works in the field of politics requires is bystander training. Victims of abuse – be it child abuse, sexual abuse, workplace harassment, marital abuse or elder abuse – will note that they repeatedly tried to tell their story and get help, but nothing happened. “From my experience, a child who is being abused has to tell — on average — seven people before their story is taken seriously,” said survivor and activist Sheldon Kennedy. MORE

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