Our Committment to Safe Sport
Kids of Mud is committed to providing our athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers with a safe and inclusive environment that fosters and preserves a positive, healthy, and enjoyable experience for all individuals. We embrace our responsibility to cultivate an environment that is free from abuse, harassment and discrimination, and we encourage individuals to feel empowered and comfortable reporting any behaviour that breaches the Provincial Association’s Code of Conduct.
To help ensure that participants in our sport are free of harassment, abuse, and discrimination. The Provincial Associations have committed to the Coaching Association of Canada’s Responsible Coaching Movement and has taken a pledge to implement policies and processes that adhere to three key areas of focus,
- The Rule of Two
- Background Screening (including Criminal Record Checks); and
- Respect and Ethics Training
PERSON IN AUTHORITY
Coaches play a vital role in shaping the youth of tomorrow through sport. The KoM relies on them and other persons in authority to be role models and to put young athletes on a path to success. The dynamic between coach and athlete gives rise to a power imbalance and a culture of unquestioned trust that can result in abuse. As such, it is imperative that all persons in positions of authority be held to a high standard of conduct. Abuse in sport, particularly sexual abuse and the grooming behaviour that precedes it, destroys the positive impact of sport and causes untold harm to victims and those around them. Consequently the KoM has a strong obligation to establish and maintain systems that prevent abuse and respond to conduct that poses risk to KoM athletes.