B.C. Game groups to address child sex abuse in sports

A number of top sports groups in the province preparation that advances child protection and will come together this week to take a stand against child abuse in sport via a day of instruction.

Led by viaSport, the Province’s lead agency in bolstering recreational sport in British Columbia this is going to be the first summit of its’ type in Canada and Trainers hope this puts B.C. in the forefront of addressing sexual misconduct in sports.

It will coincide with National Child Day, also happening this week, and spouses such as The Respect Group led by former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Coaching Association of Canada will discuss their own experience to build and deploy assets to make it much easier for countless national and local sport organization to prevent sexual abuse of kids in sport.

“viaSport is serious about joining the business to build a sport environment that’s secure and inclusive for all,” states viaSport CEO, Sheila Bouman. “As we’re seeing the effect of sexual misconduct in other industries, we understand the risk in sport is real and we’re committed to leading change to reduce abuse.”

Looking forward to our upcoming panel discussion about protecting youth from sexual abuse in #sport with urges @ShelKenn, @WayneMcNeil, @ltlafreniere, @Coolie_10, @sheila_bouman along with @noniclassen.

Tickets still available — register now! #safeinsporthttps://t.co/R4dmFXaLp9

— viaSport (@viaSportBC) November 17, 2017

According to the Centre for Child Protection, ‘child abuse takes place when opportunity exists and organizations fail to pay attention.’

“We know the threat to kids decreases when effective policies and procedures are set,” states Bouman. “Our objective is to make it effortless for sport organizations to embrace best practices around child protection by supplying them with training and tools to implement change in any respect levels of their organization, and together with staff, officials, coaches, athletes and parents.”

National Child Day marks the adoption. Back in 1993 the Government of Canada enacted Bill C-371, otherwise referred to as the Child Day Act, also given November 20th of each year as a nationwide day of their child in order to promote awareness. The Convention spells out the basic human rights to which children are eligible.