Premier Girls Fastpitch, Inc. Recommended Abuse/Molestation Risk Management Plan
NOTE: It is highly recommended that each team/organization customize its own program to meet its own individual and unique needs. For example, some teams have players stay together in hotel rooms for away tournaments; these teams should include guidelines for appropriate supervision. You should consult an attorney in your state for help in implementing this plan as laws pertaining to child abuse/sexual molestation may vary from state to state.
Criminal background checks will be run with a third party vendor on all paid and/or volunteer staff with access to youth or who are put in a position of authority over youth. Any background check that indicates that a potential staff member is unfit to work with youth will result in disqualification of such staff member. Prior to running background checks, the following steps should be taken.
1. Appoint a team/organization “point of contact” that will be the person to receive the results of the background checks and the person with the authority to suspend and terminate any employee or volunteer.
2. Point of contact will protect confidentiality of records.
3. Point of contact will comply with all state and federal laws.
Policies to Protect Children
The following policies will be implemented and will be communicated with all team/organization staff (volunteer and paid).
1. Limit one on one contact between a single unrelated child and adult by use of buddy system where two adults are always present.
2. Prohibition of overnight sleepovers.
3. Touch is acceptable only if it is respectful and appropriate.
4. Inappropriate comments of a sexual nature and suggestive jokes are prohibited.
5. Take home/pick up of youth by team staff is strongly discouraged because of difficulty in limiting one on one contact.
What is Required in Event of an Allegation
The designated team/organization “point of contact” and the police will be immediately contacted. Police will handle investigation. The “point of contact” will immediately suspend the staff member against whom allegations have been made pending the outcome of the police investigation. Team/organization and its staff will not comment on the allegation or police investigation until it has been completed.
It is incumbent on all team staff to be aware of the warning signs of abuse/molestation and each staff member is charged with communicating potential abuse/molestation situations to the team/organization “point of contact” or other representative or the police. Warning signs of potential abuse/molestation include:
· Attitudes/behaviors expressed on the part of an adult that may be associated with inappropriate or abusive behavior such as: racist, poor sense of athlete development, raging temper, extremely controlling, jealous, hypersensitive, poor sexual boundaries, bullying, intimidating manner, unrealistic or inappropriate training practices and risks, etc.
· Unexplained/unlikely explanation of injuries.
· Extreme fear of a team/organization staff member or volunteer.
· Extreme low self-esteem, self-worth.
· A child’s attachment to a coach/staff to the point of isolation from other team members.
· A coach/staff with an interest beyond caring concerns in a child.
· A coach/staff that shows special interest in a child (gifts, time, attention, obsession).
· A child’s desire to drop out without a clear explanation or without one that makes sense.
· A child that misses a lot of practices or games with suspicious explanations or excuses.
The information in this risk management plan will be communicated and distributed to all team/organization staff and volunteers and parents of all participants.