Sport for Life’s Safe Sport Procedures Have Changed

We are excited to share that as of June 22, 2022, we have officially become a Program Signatory of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada’s Independent Safe Sport Mechanism – Abuse-Free Sport!

Abuse-Free Sport is an independent program that is part of a growing national movement to rid Canadian sport of all forms of harassment, discrimination and abuse. As a Program Signatory, Sport for Life is an active player in this movement.

Led by experts in their fields, the Abuse-Free Sport is a centralized “one-stop shop” using education, training and research to help prevent maltreatment at all levels of sport.

The Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (the Office) serves as the central hub. It operates independently to administer complaints about alleged violations of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS). 

Where there are admissible allegations of abuse, harassment or discrimination, the Office can conduct independent investigations and recommend sanctions against individuals who violate the UCCMS. 

For more information, visit the Abuse-Free Sport website.

Sport for Life has updated its four Safety in Sport Procedures (Dispute Resolution, Discipline and Complaints, Appeal, and Whistleblower) to reflect revised complaint management processes as a Program Signatory of the Independent Mechanism. Updated Procedures can be found on Sport for Life’s website, on the Sport for Life Policies page.

As part of our continued efforts to foster equitable opportunities to participate in safer quality sport and physical literacy development experiences, throughout the coming months, we will be: updating our Safety in Sport Policy and our Code of Conduct and Ethics to improve alignment to the UCCMS 6.0; releasing our 2022-2024 Safe Sport Strategy; launching a Safe Sport web page; and working with our partners to deliver and mobilize additional safe sport education and professional development opportunities. Stay tuned for more safe sport updates!

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