PacificSport Vancouver Island's Committment to Safe Sport

PacificsSport Vancouver Island understands that participation in sport does not always equal safety in sport. The goal of Safe Sport planning is to recognize, reduce, and respond to misconduct in sport at all levels. When athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators participate in quality sport where experiences are positive and activities operate in an environment of respect and safety, everyone benefits. Sport organizations in British Columbia are committed to creating a sport environment that is accessible, inclusive, respects their participants personal goals and is free from all forms of Maltreatment.

What is Safe Sport?

“Safe Sport” ensures that environments in which staff interact for the purposes of sport are free of maltreatment, and are supported by and uphold behaviours defined in the BC Universal Code of Conduct (BC UCC). PacificSport VI is committed to upholding SafeSport standards as a requirement of both provincial and federal funding.

PacificSport VI has signed onto the Responsible Coaching movement which seeks that staff:

  • Have appropriate background screening and criminal record checks
  • Uphold the “rule of two”, where athlete interactions with adults are open and observable and involve other staff to be present.
  • Have completed necessary training in ethics, safe sport, and/or the prevention of child abuse.

All PacificSport VI staff have completed Commit to Kids training. All PacificSport Vi staff, volunteers, and the Board of Directors are required to undergo a Criminal Record Check (for working with children and vulnerable adults) yearly.

PacificSport Internal Policies

How to report Maltreatment

Any person who observes or has a suspicion of maltreatment, and/or believes that observed or suspicious behaviours are in violation of the BC UCC should be directed to the Provincial Safe Sport investigatory mechanism. Staff and clients are also encouraged to contact the Canadian Sport Helpline 1-888-83SPORT (1-888-837-7678) if they observed, and/or have a suspicion of, maltreatment during their PacificSport Vancouver Island duties.

External clients who believe PacificSport Vancouer Island staff or volunteers are in violation of the BC UCC or UCCMS should consult the Canadian Sport Helpline, and appropriate National or Provincial investigative mechanism. If third party investigative mechanism does not exist, external complaints should be reported to their sport organization and PacificSport Vancouver Island.

Complaints may be made to PacificSport Vancouver Island Executive Director Catharine Edwards at island@pacificsport.com

Associated Policies

B.C. Universal Code of Conduct

PacificSport Vancouver Island adpts and accepts all the language contained in the BC Universal Code of Conduct. An individual who violates the BC Universal Code of Conduct may be subject to sanctions pursuant to the PacificSport Vancouver Island Displine, Complaints, and Dispute Resolution Policy.

Additional Resources

Commit to Kids: The Commit to Kids (C2K) for Coaches online training empowers coaches and other sport leaders with practical information to helpf them enhance child and youth safety in sport. 

Respect in Sport: The Respect in Sport Activity Leader/Coach Program educates youth leaders, coaches, officials, and participants to recognize, understand, and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination.

CAC Safe Sport Training: Creating a culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. The Safe Sport Training module developed by the Coaching Association of Canada will help anyone involved in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment.

Rule of Two: The goal of the Rule of Two is to ensure all interactions and communications are open, observable, and justifiable. Its purpose is to protect participants and coaches in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring more than one adult is present.

viaSport Addressing maltreatment

BC Helpline for Children: A confidential toll-free phone line for children and youth wanting to talk to someone - call 310-1234 (no area code required)

VictimLinkBC: A toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone and online service available across B.C. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence.

Resilience BC: Anti-Racism Network provides information about how to report incidences of racism and hate crimes if you are a victim or witness such incidences.

National Sport Helpline: