Safe Sport

Safe Sport Call or Text Line - 1-888-83-SPORT

Training ‚Äď Screening ‚Äď Reporting

The Alberta Whitewater Association is committed to safety and well being of our members and participants. We therefore adopt fully the recommendations of Canoe Kayak Canada's SAFE SPORT POLICY:

"Canoe Kayak Canada has a fundamental obligation and responsibility to protect the health and well-being of the organization, its members and its participants. CKC takes any situation involving misconduct very seriously. CKC and its Members (defined as Divisions, Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations, Discipline-Specific Provincial/Territorial Organizations, and Clubs) are collectively committed to enacting and enforcing strong, clear, and consistent policies and processes for addressing misconduct.

Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is proud to inform you that a new Safe Sport Policy Manual has been approved by the CKC Board of Directors. The Safe Sport Policy Manual, including a new Safe Sport Member Declaration, comes into effect at the national level on March 1, 2020, after which members will be asked to formally adopt the policies by June 1, 2020."

Should any complaint or concern come to the attention of the CEO or any CKC representative, it will be forwarded to one of our safe sport officers.

1. TRAINING

All volunteers, coaches and board members must take one of these training programs

   Safe Sport Training

   or 

¬† ¬†Respect in Sport ‚Äď Activity Leaders Training Portal

Instructors & Coaches

   Making Ethical Decisions 

2. SCREENING - See Screening Matrix 

    Safe Sport Screening Matrix

       AWA Screening Form - All Volunteers, Instructors, Coaches & Board Members

       Self Declaration Only - For Occasional Volunteers, leaders not directly involved in youth. (within AWA screening form)

       Police E-PIC - For instructors/coaches working with youth, Club & AWA Board Members and Regular Volunteers. (Template volunteer letter)

          Stirling BackCheck - $25 next day results

       Police Vulnerable Sector Check - For Senior Instructors & Coaches working directly with Youth, Team Managers or other Volunteers travelling with youth.   *The AWA has a Vulnerable Sector Number through Volunteer Alberta that will waive fees for Volunteer Coaches & Team Managers. Please contact admin@albertawhitewater.ca to request number.

    3. REPORTING

    CKC has appointed independent Safe Sport officers who any person can contact to report or discuss incidents of abuse or harassment of any kind.

    CKC has contracted W&W Dispute Resolution Services for this role. They may be reached directly and independently through the email address safesport@canoekayak.ca. This is a confidential email address which will only be accessed by the Independent Safe Sport Officer. 

    AWA has a SafeSport Officer designated on the board to contact: safesport@albertawhitewater.ca

    SAFE SPORT HOTLINE

    Safe Sport Call or Text Line - 1-888-83-SPORT

    An independent Helpline has been set up with the support of Sport Canada and the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. 

    Anyone with a concern should feel comfortable reaching out to this free and confidential service as well. Information on their services and how to contact them can be found at; abuse-free-sport.ca. The abuse free sport phone and texting line is accessible at 1-888-83-SPORT, and is monitored from 8 am to 8 pm Eastern time.

    AWA SafeSport Targets:

    Safe Sport Training - https://safesport.coach.ca/

    September 31, 2020   All AWA Board Members & Staff - Completed Safe Sport training

    October -¬†December¬† ¬†Develop AWA specific sport Guidelines and milestones with partners and clubs ‚Äď Action: summary document

    January 1st                 Announce Club executives have till May 1st to take Safe Sport training

    With CKC                    All new NCCP coaches, instructors and leaders must take Safe Sport  training in order to be certified

    AWA AGM                   Safe Sport Presentation

    April 1st 2021              All Club executives and club coaches have completed Safe Sport training

    Recommended training for all coaches and volunteers working with vulnerable populations:

    • Government of Alberta
    • Coach Canada
    • La Farge
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