Squash Canada Safe Sport Overview
Squash Canada believes that everyone in the sport has the right to enjoy the sport at whatever level or position they participate. Athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment or discrimination.
Squash Canada believes the welfare of everyone involved in the sport is a foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children/athletes in the sport is the responsibility of each individual, member and organization in the squash community.
Safe Sport Operational Statement
The Squash Canada safe sport program includes three key areas: education, prevention and response, all of which will be supported by strong governance, policies and procedures. The goal is to ensure that all participants in Squash Canada activity, at all levels, have the resources to provide and access a fun, healthy, inclusive and safe environment.
Safe Sport Officer
Brian Ward: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may contact the Independent Safe Sport Official at email@example.com. This person is an independent third party who will guide you through the complaints process and/or explore other options. This Independent Official is empowered to supersede Squash Canada staff and launch appropriate policies as required based on evidence or a situation reported. Your contact with the Safe Sport Official is confidential, subject to certain legal limits.
For general disputes, you are encouraged to try to resolve your situation with the appropriate jurisdiction, be it club or provincial level before contacting Squash Canada.
In March 2019, the Centre launched the Canadian Sport Helpline in order to offer support to victims and witnesses of harassment, abuse and discrimination. This anonymous, confidential and independent service allows them to share and validate their concerns, obtain advice on the process to follow and be directed toward the appropriate resources to ensure a follow-up.
The service is aimed at all members of the Canadian sport community, whether they are involved at the local, provincial, or national level.
Thanks to financial support from the Government of Canada, the Canadian Sport Helpline is a service that is free and accessible to all in both official languages.
Mental health impacts the quality of life and performance of both sport participants and coaches. The Coaching Association of Canada’s Mental Health in Sport eLearning module was developed to educate coaches about mental health to empower them to effectively play a role in supporting the well-being of the participants in their sport program, while also supporting their own mental health.
Sport is linked to a range of positive outcomes, including improved mental health and well-being. Coaches have a great deal of influence over participants’ mental health.
After completing the Mental Health in Sport eLearning module, you will be able to:
- Describe the foundations of mental health
- Recognize and understand your role in promoting coach and participant well-being
- Understand the importance of self-care
Coaches who are maintaining their NCCP trained or certified status will receive 1 Professional Development (PD) point upon completing this module.
This eLearning module will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete, and is available free of charge in the Locker.
Safe, inclusive sport environments help make sport rewarding and enriching for all. Safe Sport Training gives you the knowledge and skills to create those environments by recognizing, addressing and preventing maltreatment in sport.
If you have been asked to complete the Coaching Association of Canada’s Safe Sport Training, you will find the information you need about what’s involved and how to begin. Our Training is available free of charge through our online portal, the Locker – Click Here.
The Support Through Sport series offers training and resources to empower coaches to recognize and take action to address gender-based violence and teen dating violence.
The four eLearning modules within the Support Through Sport series each focus on different topics regarding gender-based violence and teen dating violence. Understanding Teen Dating Violence is the foundational module, with the three additional eLearning modules in development. For more information including reference materials and downloadable resources visit www.coach.ca/SupportThroughSport.
Squash Canada has become Respect Certified by joining the Movement with Respect Group, a forward-thinking organization founded by former NHLer turned victims’ right crusader Sheldon Kennedy to deliver training to equip employees with the education and skills needed to prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD) in the workplace.
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). Respect Group is made up of a team of over 30 talented individuals whose passion is to create a global culture of Respect. We have enlisted pre-eminent experts to develop a best in class curriculum and e-learning platform. Expert content and a professional online training and certification model round out Respect Group’s fully outsourced risk management behaviour-change solutions for sport, schools and the workplace.
Mission: Empowering people to recognize and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD) through interactive, online training courses.
Below is a list of some of these resources:
Commit to Kids for Coaches eLearning module: online training that empowers coaches and other sport leaders with practical information to help them enhance child and youth safety in sport. It highlights the importance of understanding boundaries, sexual misconduct and reporting inappropriate behaviour. Upon completion of this training and a successful knowledge validation test, coaches will receive three NCCP professional development points towards the maintenance of certification.
Commit to Kids Kit and Policies and Procedures Workbook: a step-by-step program to help prevent sexual abuse from happening within child-serving organizations. The kit includes the Commit to Kids manual, sample code of conduct, sample policies and procedures, and a steps for reporting inappropriate conduct and steps for reporting child abuse card.
Resource sheets for both coaches and parents with information on the coach-athlete relationship, guidelines for interactions between adults and athletes, as well as how to report inappropriate behaviour and child sexual abuse.
A parent guide designed to provide parents with information about risks and help them mobilize their communities to create safer environments for children.
Youth resources for ages 4 -18 that cover a variety of personal safety topics, including healthy relationships, boundaries, addressing high-risk behaviour, online safety, as well as building capacity to handle difficult situations and knowing how and when to seek help.
The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a multi-phase system-wide movement, coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, which has the potential to affect all sport organizations and coaches.
Resulting from extensive ongoing consultation with sport organizations and leaders in Canada, the RCM encourages the commitment and implementation of supportive policies to ensure the safety and protection of athletes and coaches, both on and off the field of play.
The RCM calls on sport organizations to adopt policies and processes in three key areas of their coaching practices (Three steps to Responsible Coaching):
- The Rule of Two (In Person Infographic / In A Virtual Setting Infographic)
- Background Screening
- Respect and Ethics Training
The Responsible Coaching Movement invites parents to follow the three steps to Responsible Coaching and encourages them to play a more active role in their child’s sport activities. The Responsible Coaching Movement empowers parents and provides them with tools to ask a coach if their organization has taken the RCM pledge and adopted its policies.
The Squash Canada Board of Directors voted unanimously to take the Responsible Coaching Movement pledge and encourages its member Provincial/Territorial Squash Associations along with their member Squash Facilities to also take the pledge. In addition, Parents are strongly encouraged to review the RCM to understand the benefits it can provide to your child’s participation in safe sport environment. View the Squash Canada Athlete Protection Policy
CLICK HERE to take the Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge!
For more resources on Responsible Coaching – CLICK HERE.
(Information Courtesy of the Coaching Association of Canada)
Adapted from: Parachute (2017).
Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport
Squash Canada has developed the Squash Canada Concussion Protocol to help guide the management of athletes who may have a suspected concussion as a result of participation in Squash Canada activities.
This protocol covers the recognition, medical diagnosis, and management of squash participants who may sustain a suspected concussion during a sport activity. It aims to ensure that athletes with a suspected concussion receive timely and appropriate care and proper management to allow them to return back to squash safely. This protocol may not address every possible clinical scenario that can occur during sport-related activities but includes critical elements based on the latest evidence and current expert consensus.
Who should use this protocol?
This protocol is intended for use by all individuals who interact with squash participants inside and outside the context of organized Squash Canada activity, including athletes, parents, coaches, officials, teachers, trainers, and licensed healthcare professionals.
- Squash Canada Concussion Policy – Click Here
- Squash Canada Concussion Protocol – Click Here
- Specific Return to Sport Strategy – Click Here
- Concussion Education Sheet – Click Here
- Concussion Protocol for Certified Singles Referees – Click Here
- Concussion Protocol for Certified Doubles Referees – Click Here
For a summary of the Squash Canada Concussion Protocol please refer to the Squash Canada Sport Concussion Pathway figure at the end of this document.
The Ottawa Sport Council is thrilled to announce the release of the Concussion Education Initiative video, which has been developed for community sport participants. This educational video is designed to equip coaches, players, parents, board members, staff, and volunteers alike with the knowledge of how to apply the 4 R’s of concussion management (Recognize, Remove, Refer, Return) in a sport setting. READ MORE
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