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. As part of BC Sport Cheer’s commitment to Safe Sport our staff and board have completed Commit to Kids training.
To further cultivate this safe and supportive environment, certified BCSC Cheerleading coaches in BC must complete a required Criminal Record Check as well as a series of courses to ensure their commitment to keeping our sport free of abuse, discrimination or potential harm. For more information about our coaching requirements and expectations, please see our BCSC coaching requirements.
Our Policies & Code of Ethics:
All members of the BCSC including coaches and judges agree, through their membership, to abide by the BCSC Code of Ethics. The BCSC code of ethics is organized around four ethical principles identified below.
Respect for participants: Acting with respect for participants means that all members:
Responsible behavior: Responsible behavior means that members will :
Integrity in Relationships: Integrity means that members are expected to be honest, sincere and honorable in their relationship with others. Members should also be aware of how their perspectives influence their interactions with others. Coaches and volunteers are also encouraged to follow the “Rule of Two”
Honoring Sport: Honoring sport means that members will:
Recruitment Policy: In accordance with the BCSC rules and regulations, contacting athletes with the intent to recruit said athlete to another club is frowned upon. Specifically: No athlete should be contacted (in person, by phone, or on the internet) by any person that, in any way, is representing another cheerleading club for any reason. This includes coaches, directors, parents, mentors, consultants, and/or any person that works or volunteers for another club
Safe Sport Reporting
REPORTING SUSPICIONS OF CHILD MALTREATMENT:
IF A CHILD OR YOUTH IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER OR RISK, CALL 911 OR YOUR LOCAL POLICE.
Always contact your local authorities if you have a reasonable suspicion that a child or youth is a victim of any form of abuse or neglect. Reports of abuse or neglect not involving a minor may also be reported to local authorities.
Once notifying the authorities, you may also be asked to contact the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. To report a concern, or to seek advice about reporting a concern regarding the welfare of a child or youth, click here.
REPORTING SUSPICIONS OF MISCONDUCT OR OTHER CONCERNS WITHIN OUR SPORT:
All participants including athletes, coaches, administrators, volunteers and officials have the right to participate in a Cheerleading environment free from abuse, harassment and discrimination. If there are concerns within the BC Cheerleading community that need to be addressed by BC Sport Cheer, please use our reporting form. All reports will be taken seriously and will receive a prompt follow up email from our organization.
To access BC’s Universal Code of Conduct, please click here.
For information about Respect in Sport, or if you have concerns about a sport leader and are not sure how to proceed, you can contact Respect in Sport for support. They can then assist you in assessing the appropriate course of action and approach.
For more youth looking for support and advice, Kids Help Phone is available to help:
For more Information on Cheer Canada’s Safe Sport Policies click here.
Other Helpful Resources:
B.C. Helpline for Children – a confidential toll-free phone line for children and youth wanting to talk to someone – is 310-1234 (no area code required).
VictimLinkBC is 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 incidents of racism and hate crimes if you are a victim or witness such incidents