ASSOCIATION DE SOCCER DE DORVAL SOCCER ASSOCIATION
REPORTING SEXUAL ABUSE – STEPS TO FOLLOW
If you have serious suspicions as to the existence of sexual abuse, you must act!
“I don’t know if I should get involved…”
Once you are aware of a child who is experiencing or has experienced sexual abuse in the past, you have the legal obligation to notify the authorities. Canada and Quebec have laws to protect children and require individuals to act if they have knowledge of any abusive situation.
A child reports and abuse / you are made aware of abuse, and the suspected aggressor is an employee or volunteer of the Club. (Write an account of the situation)
Even without proof, the employee or volunteer who is made aware of an abusive situation must:
- Report the incident to the police or child protection services;
- Consult child protection services before notifying the parents;
- Report the suspected abuse to the Club Administrator;
- Write an account of the situation.
The Dorval Soccer Association (Club) suspends the employee or volunteer suspected of the abuse with or without salary until the matter is resolved. The Club writes an incident report and performs an internal investigation in conjunction with the police or child protection services, and updates its internal policies as needed.
The police or child protection services open an investigation.The Club performs an internal investigation in conjunction with the police or child protection services, and updates its internal policies as needed.
RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATION:
Abuse confirmed/guilty. The employee or volunteer is relieved of their duties.
Non-conclusive results / not-guilty +. The Club requests legal counsel from the City and determines whether or not to relieve the employee/volunteer of their duties. + Criminal proceedings can be long and complex. A non-guilty verdict does not necessarily mean that abuse did not take place.
The Club updates the incident report with the court findings and writes a comprehensive report with the internal measures taken.
Note: This document is tailored from the models provided by Commit To Kids. It is intended as a quick reference and is not meant to be exhaustive or to replace legal advice. Consult with the Director of Youth Protection, police and/or legal counsel as appropriate to a given situation.