April 25, 2013

Governing Bodies of Youth Sports

Policy and Procedure Development for Governing Bodies of Youth Sports

Michelle Peterson Consulting has worked with high level governing bodies of youth sports programs and created and implemented top-down safe sport policies.  Whether it be hockey, soccer, swimming, football, gymnastics or any sport that youth are participating, MPC can help develop clear guidelines and expectations for all players, coaches, volunteers and organization members.  Our policy and procedure documents will outline abuse or misconduct prevention strategies, appropriate behavior for all organization members and effective response to concerns.

MPC has many satisfied clients and our client list growing.  We hope you can be one of our next clients and keep your team safe.

The following is a sample of topics that will be covered:

  • Analysis of Current Policy and Procedures Around Abuse Prevention
    • We will review your current policies and procedures around abuse prevention.
  • Develop Club Code of Conduct (COC)
    • We will develop a code of conduct that emphasizes the importance of safety and welfare of its members.
  • Develop 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, volunteer or any other outside consultants.
  • Safe Social Media Guidelines
    • Social media is a popular communication tool for youth organization’s member but it can also be a place where abuse and misconduct can occur. We develop guidelines for appropriate use to help minimize potential problems.
  • Locker Room Guidelines
    • Guidelines are essential to reduce the risk of abuse and misconduct in this compromising location.
  • Bullying and Hazing Definition and Prevention Guidelines
    • Guidelines for a safe and non-threatening environment are essential to allow children to reach their potential.
  • Private Lessons/One on One Guidelines
    • When a one on one situation is necessary it is important for all parties to have clear guidelines for appropriate behavior.
  • Travel Guidelines
    • Overnight travel can create additional dynamics that can lead to abuse or misconduct. These guidelines are necessary for all members’ safety and to reduce risk for the organization.
  • How to Report and Respond to Abuse and Misconduct
    • Even if policy and procedures are in place, an organization has the responsibility to report and respond immediately and effectively to misconduct or allegations of abuse. How you respond can have potential effects on the investigation, the alleged victim, your members and the organization.
  • Hiring Guidelines
    • As good practice and to prevent unsuitable people from working with children, it is important that all reasonable steps are taken to protect the organization and its members.