April 25, 2013

Governing Bodies of Youth Sports

Policy and Procedure Development for Governing Bodies of Youth Sports

Michelle Peterson Consulting (MPC) works with high-level governing bodies of youth sports programs to create and implement top-down safe sport policies and procedures. For all youth sports including those belonging to the United States Olympic Committee and other sports not involved in the Olympics, MPC will help develop clear guidelines and expectations for all players, coaches, volunteers, and organization members. Our policy and procedure documents will outline prevention strategies for abuse and misconduct, appropriate behavior for all organization members, and effective response to concerns.

We hope you will join MPC’s growing list of satisfied clients. Working together, we will help keep your members safe!

The following is a sample list of topics covered by our policy and procedure development process:

  • Analysis of Current Policies and Procedures Around Abuse Prevention – We will review your current policies and procedures around abuse prevention.
  • Development of Club Code of Conduct (COC) – We will develop a code of conduct that emphasizes the importance of safety and the welfare of all members and stakeholders.
  • Development of Individual Codes of Conduct (COC) – We will develop clear guidelines for all members and stakeholders to encourage high standards for safety and appropriate behavior to reduce the risk of abuse. COCs can address conduct of athletes, members, parents, coaches, leaders, volunteers, and any other outside consultants.
  • Safe Social Media Guidelines – Social media is a popular communications tool for youth organization members, but it is also a place where abuse and misconduct can occur. We will develop guidelines for appropriate use to help minimize potential problems.
  • Locker Room Guidelines – We will develop essential guidelines to reduce the risk of abuse and misconduct in this compromising location.
  • Bullying and Hazing Definition and Prevention Guidelines – We will develop essential guidelines for a safe and non-threatening environment where children are allowed to reach their full potential.
  • Private Lessons/One-on-One Guidelines – For times when a one-on-one situation is necessary, we will develop clear guidelines for appropriate behavior.
  • Travel Guidelines – Overnight travel can create additional dynamics that can lead to abuse or misconduct. We will develop the necessary guidelines to both ensure the safety of all members and reduce risk for the organization.
  • Reporting and Responding to Abuse and Misconduct – Even with policies and procedures in place, an organization has the responsibility to report and respond immediately and effectively to misconduct or allegations of abuse. An organization’s response can have potential effects on the investigation, the alleged victim, the organization’s members, and the organization itself.
  • Hiring Guidelines – To ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to protect the organization and its members, we will develop policies and procedures that promote effective hiring practices and prevent unsuitable people from working with children.