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.
Canadian Sport Helpline
The bilingual national toll-free confidential helpline for harassment, abuse and discrimination provides a safe place for victims and witnesses of incidents of harassment, abuse and discrimination in sport to report their concerns.
The Canadian Sport Helpline will provide callers with advice on the next steps they can take, as well as direct them to the most appropriate national and local services and resources available to them, including the police, child protection services, existing provincial/territorial helplines, or any other relevant services.
It provides professional listening and referral services by phone and text at 1-888-83-SPORT (77678) and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, seven days a week.
For more information, visit www.abuse-free-sport.ca.