CONSENSUS STATEMENTS

AthletesCAN National Safe Sport Summit Consensus Statements:

  1. That all forms of maltreatment be prohibited.
  2. For athletes above the age of 18 years:
    • Any sexual relations between a person in a position of authority and an athlete is prohibited as it creates a perceived bias; perceived conflict of interest; negative implications for other teammates; and, an imbalance of power that puts an athlete’s ability to consent in question.
    • Upon implementation of this code, any sexual relationship that has been initiated between a person in a position of authority and an athlete must be disclosed and the person in the position of authority must leave the organization. Failure to disclose should result in sanctions.
    • Retaliation against an athlete who has not consented to sexual advances or solicitation of sexual conduct or relationships is strictly prohibited and should be sanctioned accordingly.
  3. That a Safe Sport Canada body be established and responsible for all aspects of Safe Sport including but not limited to: policy; education and training; investigation and adjudication; support and compensation.
  4. That Safe Sport Canada be independent of all other sport governing bodies.
  5. That there be a universal code of conduct that applies to all stakeholders, and addresses all forms of maltreatment and applicable sanctions.
  6. That there be mandatory education on Safe Sport for all stakeholders driven by minimum and harmonized standards to ensure good standing.

The Consensus Statements presented at the National Safe Sport Summit by the National Sport Organization Safe Sport Working Group are as follows:

  • Federal / Provincial / Jurisdiction: To collaborate with Federal, Provincial, and Territorial governments to create a harmonized approach to a universal Code of Conduct.
  • Education and Awareness: To build on and develop robust, approved education and training programs to be deployed at all levels and roles in sport. And to develop awareness among Canadians that change is happening.
  • Financial Resources: For new funding to be identified and dedicated to the implementation of safe sport initiatives in all jurisdictions.
  • Harmonized Code: To develop a single, harmonized code governing safe sport in Canada, to include updated definitions of all forms of maltreatment.
  • Independent Body: To identify an independent body with responsibility for implementing the harmonized and universal code.
  • Prohibited Conduct: To prohibit sexual relations between National Team coaches and National Team athletes, with the ability to expand the scope to positions of authority. The immediate intent is to protect athletes now.
  • Implementation Plan: To conduct an audit of the existing sport landscape and stakeholders; to establish a critical path; and to initiate a process to educate the sport community.