Statement of Commitment
Squash BC and other sport organizations in British Columbia are committed to creating a sport environment that is accessible, inclusive, respectful of a participant’s personal goals, and is free from all forms of maltreatment. As part of Squash BC’s commitment to Safe Sport, our staff have completed Commit to Kids and Safe Sport training.
Please read on for information about our Safe Sport initiatives, policies, and resources.
Squash BC Safe Sport Overview
Squash BC believes that everyone involved in squash has the right to enjoy the sport regardless of the level or position they participate in. Athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive environment that is free of abuse, harassment or discrimination.
The welfare of everyone involved in the sport is a foremost consideration for Squash BC. In particular, the protection of children/athletes in the sport is the responsibility of each individual, member, and organization in the squash community.
To help promote a safe environment, Squash BC requires specific groups within our overall community, such as Coaches, Staff Members, and Officials to complete various Safe Sport Trainings. To learn more about these, please review our Safe Sport Requirements Page
SAFE SPORT OPERATIONAL STATEMENT
The Squash BC Safe Sport program includes four key areas: PREVENT, REPORT, RESPOND/RESPONSE, and UPHOLD, all of which will be supported by strong governance, policies, and procedures. The goal is to ensure that all participants in Squash BC activity, at all levels, have the resources to provide and access a fun, healthy, inclusive and safe environment.
How to Report Maltreatment
Report maltreatment complaints to:
Colin Latchford, Executive Director, Squash BC
604-737-3084 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Definitions of Maltreatment can be found in Squash BC’s Code of Conduct
You can also reach out to the Canadian Sport Helpline
The Canadian Sport Helpline is a national toll-free helpline offering assistance to victims or witnesses of harassment, abuse or discrimination in sport.
Offered in partnership by the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) and the Canadian Centre for Mental Health in Sport (CCMHS), this anonymous, confidential, independent service allows people to share and validate their concerns, obtain guidance on required next steps, and get referrals to other resources for follow up.
A CCMHS team of practitioners with expertise in counselling, psychology and sport act as helpline operators.
Access the helpline toll free from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern Time), seven days a week by telephone, text, live chat or email in both official languages.
- Visit: abuse-free-sport.ca
- Email: email@example.com
- Call or text: 1-888-83SPORT (1-888-837-7678)
The Canadian Sport Helpline is funded by Government of Canada.
CODE OF CONDUCT
ADDITIONAL SQUASH BC SAFE SPORT POLICIES
- Alternate Dispute Resolution Policy
- Appeal Policy
- Conflict of Interest Policy
- Discipline and Complaints Policy
- Discipline Reciprocation Policy
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy
- Workplace Bullying & Harassment Policy
- Additional Policies, such as Police Record Check, Equity and Access, Fair Play, and others can be found in Squash BC’s Policies & Procedures
Safe Sport Resources
SAFE SPORT TRAINING
- B.C. Helpline for Children: a confidential toll-free phone line for children and youth wanting to talk to someone – is 310-1234 (no area code required).
- VictimLinkBC: a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone and online service available across B.C. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence.
- Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network: provides information about how to report incidences of racism and hate crimes if you are a victim or witness such incidences.