In programs, we have responsibility for children in our care. Screening job applicants and volunteers is an important responsibility for managers, coordinators, and administrators, but how can we distinguish between a dangerous individual and an appropriate candidate ready to serve?
As child sexual abuse continues to draw the public eye, concerned parents are asking questions:
“What is this sports program doing to protect my child?”
“What should youth sports programs be doing to address this risk?”
Why are children at risk in youth sports?
Children are taught at young ages to trust the coach, an adult in a position of authority. The right coach can change a child’s life—teaching and modeling sportsmanship, competition and teamwork. The wrong coach can scar a child for life. Unfortunately, a growing number of sexual predators are using youth sports to gain access to children.
What should youth sports programs do to prevent sexual abuse?
Abuse Prevention Systems provides unique resources for youth sports programs, including:
"MinistrySafe provides the most sophisticated and comprehensive sexual abuse prevention training available in the field today, offering comprehensive risk management programs which incorporate current research on child sexual abuse prevention practices."
Wayne D. Duehn, Ph.D., ACSW, LMSW-AP
Professor of Social Work
Are you ready to
prevent sexual abuse
in your youth sports organization?