What is Safe Sport?

Safe Sport provides a framework to ensure that everyone in the sport of lawn bowls is able to enjoy the sport. Bowlers, coaches, umpires and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive environment that is free of abuse, harassment or discrimination.

Bowls Canada’s Commitment to Safe Sport

Bowls Canada places the highest priority on a safe and fun environment for all of its participants  and we recognize our fundamental obligation and responsibility to protect the health, safety and physical and mental well-being of every individual that is involved in the Canadian Bowls community.

 Bowls Canada Boulingrin takes situations involving misconduct or maltreatment very seriously. For this reason, Bowls Canada Boulingrin is committed to enacting and enforcing strong, clear, and effective policies and processes for preventing and addressing all forms of misconduct or maltreatment.

 Bowls Canada Boulingrin’s policies are intended to promote a Safe Sport environment in a manner that allows for consistent, immediate, appropriate and meaningful action should any issues arise. They are also intended to prevent issues from arising in the first place by communicating expected standards of behaviour.

Bowls Canada Boulingrin also recognizes the recent development of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (“UCCMS”) and its responsibilities to integrate the UCCMS into its policies.

Safe Sport Strategy Framework

After analyzing current Safe Sport practices, facilitating a two-part Safe Sport Strategy Workshop, and initiating a Safe Sport Working Group, a customized BCB Safe Sport Strategy was built on consensus with member associations, clubs and other stakeholders. The intent of the Safe Sport Strategy Framework is for the top priorities to be phased in over the next two years (2021 and 2022) to allow all BCB member associations time to fully understand and integrate each component of the Framework.

View the Safe Sport Strategy Framework here.

Resources

Bowls Canada has many resources to help clubs and provincial organizations implement safe sport.  To understand why your organization might want to implement safe sport, check out this short, five minute video.  Learn more about Bowls Canada’s Safe Sport Policy suite by clicking here.  There are policy templates and other resources available to Bowls Canada affiliated clubs through the Members Only section.  Log in to see what is available for your club or contact office@bowlscanada.com to learn more.