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Code of Conduct

Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse
and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017

On February 14th, 2018, the President signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act which is aimed at protecting amateur athletes* from sexual abuse. 

What exactly does the Law state?

The Law has a three-pronged approach:

  1. Any adult interacting with amateur athletes in the program has a duty to report abuse and or suspected abuse within a 24 hour period. EVERY adult is a mandatory reporter.
  2. The statute of limitations is extended for up to 10 years after a victim realizes he or she was abused. 
  3. Limits an athlete under the age of 18 from being alone with an adult who is not their parent. 
The legislation is available for download by clicking the link below: 

Preventing One-on-One Contact
Coaches must take proactive steps to prevent one-on-one contact with players that they are not related to or legal guardians of.   Coaches and volunteers must be "in an observable and interruptible distance from another adult" at all times "except under emergency circumstance". Suggested best practices:

At the beginning and end of practices ask another adult to stick around until another coach is on the field with you.
If working one-on-one with a player make sure you can see another adult from where you are working, don't go behind a building.

 
Mechanism for Reporting

(Everyone listed below MUST be contacted when physical or sexual abuse is suspected)
  1. Local Law Enforcement Number (508) 223-2224
  2. Local Child Protective Services Number  508-821-7000
  3. State of Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF)
  4. Club Risk Manager Contact Information- AYS Vice President - Dave Soucy
  5. State Risk Manager –Mary Relic, [email protected], 978-598-3613.
  6. National Governing Body (NGB)
Attleboro Youth Soccer expressly forbids retaliation against anyone reporting abuse.
 

Training
The U.S. Center for SafeSport online training covers the following subjects: sexual abuse, hazing, bullying, emotional misconduct, physical misconduct, harassment (non-sexual) as well as reporting obligations. There are three modules required to become “SafeSport Trained”: a) Mandatory Reporting: Understanding Your Responsibilities; b) Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education; and c) Emotional and Physical Misconduct. To receive an auto-reply with instructions to become SafeSport Trained, please email [email protected].




Contact

Attleboro Youth Soccer
Attleboro Youth Soccer, P. O. Box 641
Attleboro, Massachusetts 02703

Email: [email protected]

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