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Building Safe Sport: Protecting Youth from Sexual Abuse


The statistics around child abuse are staggering. It is estimated that 10% of all children are victims of sexual abuse, and children with disabilities are four times more likely to be affected.

As sport is primarily volunteer driven with limited capacity it is not uncommon for organizations to look past questionable behaviors, in order to retain their coaches and ensure their programs will run. Most individuals in leadership positions do not understand the prevalence of sexual abuse in sport, how to manage unethical, or even illegal behaviors, and what they should be doing to best protect their athletes.

In order to support sport organizations in B.C., viaSport is coordinating this event to bring awareness to the realities of child abuse in sport, provide tools for prevention and empower those organziations to make changes to ensure sport is a safe place.

Event schedule:

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM | Introduction and Welcome - Lorraine Lafrenière
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM | Film Screening: Swift Current 
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Break
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Lorraine Lafrenière
  • Panelists: Sheldon Kennedy, Wayne McNeil, Shelley Coolidge, Sheila Bouman, Noni Classen

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | Lunch and Networking
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM | Policy Development Workshop

  • Facilitated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, sport organizations will have the opportunity to learn the process of determining where updates need to be made in policies, in relation to protecting children from abuse, and how to empower those working with children to implement those policies.


  • Screening and Panel Discussion: FREE
  • Screening, Panel Discussion, Lunch, and Policy Development Workshop: $40  


Panel Speakers:

Contact Information
Name: Kate Kloos
Phone: 778-655-1748

Event registration

Are you ready to register for this full day event? Click the link below to register for the morning or the entire day!


This event will be held at the VIFF Vancity Theatre in Vancouver. The adddress is 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8

Vancity Theatre Map

How can I build a safer sport environment?

The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a call to action for sport organizations to implement policies and processes to ensure athletes are safe. Coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, it highlights three key areas:

  • Rule of Two
  • Background Screening
  • Respect and Ethics Training

Pledge with us

We encourage all sport organizations to take the Responsible Coaching Movement pledge and commit to ensure all athletes and coaches are protected.