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Join the youth sports safety movement

Keeping kids safe from harm requires everyone to be ready and willing to take fast action. Start today and arm yourself with the knowledge you need to identify signs of abuse and learn how to help in emergency situations.

Coach and Athlete
Coach and Athlete with football

Take their safety into your own hands

Today's world can be a scary place for kids.

We've all seen the headlines—kids being abused, being taken advantage of, or pushed too far when they're in pain.

But it doesn't have to be this way.

Together, we can be part of the solution and put an end to these headlines by taking their safety into our own hands.

Pledge to be part of the solution

As the leading provider of youth sports safety solutions, we're on a mission to keep kids safe through every aspect of sport and want you to join us by pledging to be a youth athlete safety champion.

I pledge...
  • To be a youth athlete safety champion.
  • To keep the safety of all youth athletes in mind.
  • To get educated on the warning signs of abuse.
  • To pay close attention during sports activities.
  • To report suspicious activity to the correct authorities.
  • To remove children from harm's way.
  • To be more than a bystander in emergency situations.
  • To encourage kids to speak up and share concerns.

Sign the pledge to be recognized as a youth safety champion. Provide your email address to receive periodic safety resources and training opportunities.

Put your words into action

Between 2-8% of youth athletes are victims of sexual abuse within the context of sport 1 2, with perpetrators of the abuse being coaches, teachers, or instructors in 98% of the cases 3. No longer can we blindly trust those in authority positions with youth athletes—take action now.

Note: Many governing bodies offer abuse prevention training through the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, which fulfills requirements set forth by the Safe Sport Act of 2017. If your organization doesn’t, we’ve partnered with Abuse Prevention Systems to offer this training to you.

Abuse Prevention Training

Gain all the knowledge you need to identify signs of child abuse and how to report it by taking an online abuse prevention training course.

    Training Topics

  • Facts and Misconceptions

  • Abuser Characteristics

  • The Grooming Process

  • Methods to Reduce Risk

  • Peer-to-Peer Abuse

  • If a Child Reports Abuse

  • Impact on Children

  • Responsibility to Report

Put your words into action

Between 2-8% of youth athletes are victims of sexual abuse within the context of sport 1 2, with perpetrators of the abuse being coaches, teachers, or instructors in 98% of the cases 3. No longer can we blindly trust those in authority positions with youth athletes—take action now.

Training Topics

  • Facts and Misconceptions

  • Abuser Characteristics

  • The Grooming Process

  • Methods to Reduce Risk

  • Peer-to-Peer Abuse

  • If a Child Reports Abuse

  • Impact on Children

  • Responsibility to Report

Abuse Prevention Training

Gain all the knowledge you need to identify signs of child abuse and how to report it by taking an online abuse prevention training course.

ADDITIONAL SAFETY TRAINING

Be more than a bystander

Prepare yourself and gain the skills you need to take action in the event of an emergency with these additional online training courses.

Football Helmet

Heads Up Concussion Training

Learn how to recognize concussions, the potential consequences, steps for returning to play, and tips to prevent head injuries.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Free

Take the training
Training

First Aid Training

Learn first aid techniques and best practices for dealing with emergency situations.

American Red Cross

$50

Take the training
References
1

Kirby, S.L., Greaves, L. and Havinsky, O. (2000). The Dome of Silence: Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Sport. Halifax, N.S.: Fernwood.

2

Leahy, T., Pretty, G. and Tenenbaum, G. (2002). Prevalence of sexual abuse in organised competitive sport in Australia. Journal of Sexual Aggression: An international, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice, 8(2): 16-36.

3

Brackenridge, C., Bishop, D., Moussali, S. and Tapp, J. (2008). The characteristics of sexual abuse in sport: A multidimensional scaling analysis of events described in media reports. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 6(4): 385-406