The Queen City Gymnastics Club upholds, supports and adheres to Gymnastics Saskatchewan and Gymnastics Canada Safe Sport policies and Codes of Conduct. We implement a variety of measures to promote participant safety for all our members, such as requiring that all coaches working in our club complete Respect in Sport and Making Ethical Decisions training, as well as enforcing our criminal record check and vulnerable sector check requirements.
We actively take measures to ensure our club members participate in safe environments and work with certified coaches. Working collaboratively with Gymnastics Saskatchewan, Gymnastics Canada, Respect in Sport and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, we support and promote their policies and reporting/investigation systems that will be critical to driving change within the sport community.
Queen City Gymnastics has pledged to be a part of the Responsible Coaching Movement which includes the 3 steps to responsible coaching:
1) Rule of Two:
Two NCCP trained or certified coaches should always be present with an athlete, especially a minor athlete, when in a potentially vulnerable situation such as in a locker room or meeting room. All one-on-one interactions between a coach and an athlete must take place within earshot and in view of the second coach except for medical emergencies.
One of the coaches must also be of the same gender as the athlete.
Should there be a circumstance where a second screened and NCCP trained or certified coach is not available, a screened volunteer, parent, or adult can be recruited.
2) Background Screening:
The background screening ensures that coaches meet the important requirements to coach athletes. Screening tools include comprehensive job postings, criminal record checks, interviews, and reference checks.
3) Ethics Training:
Ethics training prepares coaches to effectively handle situations that arise from ethical dilemmas or even legal challenges that concern individuals, teams, and their sports organizations.
Ethics training includes the Make Ethical Decisions module within the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), as well as training in abuse and harassment prevention, such as Respect in Sport, which can be taken before and during their coaching career.
By successfully completing the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions (MED) training, coaches will be fully equipped to handle ethical situations with confidence and surety. NCCP Make Ethical Decisions training helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport.
Kids Help Phone:
Free 24/7 online and telephone counselling to children and youth across Canada. In addition to its counselling services, Kids Help Phone also provides information on how to access support services for children and youth. There are also practical resources available through the website: Click Here.
Here are some resources/tips specific to “having difficult/challenging and open conversations with a young person”: Click Here.
Call: 1.800.668.6868 (Crisis Line)
Text: CONNECT to 686868
Chat: through the "Always There" app. Download from Apple Store or Google Play
Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Canadian Centre for Child Protection has an information and support hub for individuals (or family members) who may be victims of maltreatment. Please connect with them by telephone: (204) 945-5735 Toll-free: 1-800-532-9135
Canadian Centre for Mental Health in Sport
The CCMHS is a not-for-profit organization supporting the mental health and performance of competitive and high-performance athletes and coaches. It is the first Centre in Canada to offer collaborative sport-focused mental health care services designed to help athletes and coaches achieve their performance goals while preserving their mental health and well-being.
Services available: Click Here
Contact: 613-454-1409 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
The Commit to Kids program helps child-serving organizations reduce the risk of sexual abuse and create safer environments for children in their care.
The program’s tools provide organizations with information on the issue of child sexual abuse which forms the basis for educated policies and procedures — from hiring and screening to reporting and staff training. This enables all employees and volunteers throughout an organization to uphold standards of conduct that protect children and youth in their care by focusing on healthy interaction between adults and children.
Mental Health and Crisis