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Education on safe sport should be appropriate for the age group and participant type and should be progressive – be curious! Explore different topics and ways of learning.

 

ONLINE TRAINING MODULES

Some suggestions for initial training (at the top of each list) for different types of sport participants are below, along with further training options to continue building your understanding.

Coaches

i.e. Professional Coaches, volunteer coaches, instructors, and anyone in charge of running practices or supporting a team at competitions

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND LINKS

Descriptions and links to the training courses are below.

 

NCCP Creating a Positive Sport Environment ($15)

Coaching Association of Canada

Participant-centered coaching strategies are an effective way to establish a safe and inclusive sport culture. By placing participants at the centre of the coaching process, coaches can promote growth and athletic development, foster creativity and learning, and protect participants from harm.  

After completing this module, you will be able to: 

  • Describe the characteristics and benefits of participant-centered coaching 
  • Explain the types of harm that may occur when a coach misuses their power and how to respond to suspicions or knowledge of maltreatment 
  • Use positive coaching strategies to create a positive sport environment, enhance safety, and improve learning and performance 

https://coach.ca/nccp-creating-positive-sport-environment

CAC Safe Sport Training ( FREE)

Coaching Association of Canada

Creating a culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. Safe Sport Training was developed to help anyone involved in sport — whether you have direct contact with athletes or work in the background — to promote physical, psychological, and social health, in line with the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport.

Understand that everyone has a role to play in keeping sport safe, how the misuse of power leads to maltreatment, and the principles of the Universal Code of Conduct.

Learn about the various types of maltreatment, the conditions that enable them, and how to recognize signs that they may be happening.

Find out what to do if you suspect maltreatment, and how you can create a culture that protects all participants.

https://safesport.coach.ca/participants-training

Commit to Kids ($12)

Canadian Centre for Child Protection

The Commit to Kids (C2K) for Coaches online training empowers coaches and other sport leaders with practical information to help them enhance child and youth safety in sport. It highlights the importance of understanding boundaries, sexual misconduct and reporting inappropriate behaviour.

This online training consists of eight separate modules that address the following:

  • child sexual abuse
  • the grooming process
  • handling disclosures of child sexual abuse
  • the impact of child sexual abuse
  • creating a Child Protection Code of Conduct for your organization
  • policies and procedures to use to protect children in your organization
  • the C2K program for child-serving organizations

https://protectchildren.ca/en/get-involved/online-training/commit-to-kids-for-coaches/

Mental Health in Sport (FREE)

Coaching Association of Canada

Mental health impacts the quality of life and performance of both sport participants and coaches. The Coaching Association of Canada’s Mental Health in Sport eLearning module was developed to educate coaches about mental health to empower them to effectively play a role in supporting the well-being of the participants in their sport program, while also supporting their own mental health. 

Sport is linked to a range of positive outcomes, including improved mental health and well-being. Coaches have a great deal of influence over participants’ mental health.  

After completing the Mental Health in Sport eLearning module, you will be able to:  

  • Describe the foundations of mental health
  • Recognize and understand your role in promoting coach and participant well-being
  • Understand the importance of self-care  

https://coach.ca/mental-health-sport

Safeguarding Responsibilities within Sports (9 GBP, approximately $15 CAD)

Safesport International

Provides an essential overview of safeguarding within sport for those with supervisory, management or leadership responsibilities.

  • Situate safeguarding within the core responsibilities of sports organizations
  • Recognize and respond to areas of concern for the wellbeing of athletes
  • Apply a comprehensive description of child and adult protection responsibilities of those with a governance role
  • Formulate a route to establishing safeguards for children and adults within your organization

https://learning.safesportinternational.com/courses/safeguarding-responsibilities-within-sport/

i-Protect (FREE)

Safesport International

The i-Protect Program offers a holistic approach to a child safeguarding strategy and includes e-learning courses and activities aimed at athletes, families, coaches and sport managers as well as guidelines that will allow participating clubs at grassroots level develop a complete child protection strategy.

https://learning.safesportinternational.com/courses/i-protect-an-introduction/

Respect in Sport

The Respect Group

The courses listed below are accessed through a sports organization who purchase licenses. If your club or team doesn't have access, you could suggest it to whoever leads the organization.

Coaches and Officials https://www.respectgroupinc.com/officials/

The Respect in Sport Activity Leader/Coach Program educates youth leaders, coaches, officials and participants (14-years and up) to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD).

Parents https ://www.respectgroupinc.com/respect-in-sport/#parent-program

One of the most common reasons coaches, managers, officials and athletes, of all ages, cite for leaving sport is unacceptable parent behaviour. The Respect in Sport Parent Program will help define a standard of behaviour for all parents and create a more rewarding, safe and respectful environment for everyone involved. Parents want to do a great job supporting their kids. Respect in Sport provides parents with the tools to create and maintain Safe Sport environments. 

Leaders https://www.respectgroupinc.com/respect-in-the-workplace/

Respect in the Workplace was developed to provide organizations, of all sizes, with a standard, cost-effective tool to empower your team with the skills to prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). We like to think it’s about improving culture, first and foremost. The secondary benefit is organizational risk and liability reduction.

Making Ethical Decisions 

Coaching Association of Canada

By successfully completing the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions training, coaches will be fully equipped to handle ethical situations with confidence and surety. The training helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport.

The NCCP Make Ethical Decisions module is a cornerstone of the NCCP and leaves coaches with no doubt as to what to do in challenging situations.

The module equips coaches to handle challenging ethical situations with confidence and surety. It helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in team and individual sports.

After completing the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions module, you will be able to:

  • Analyze a challenging situation to determine its moral, legal, or ethical implications
  • Apply the NCCP Ethical Decision-Making Model to properly respond to situations in a way that is consistent with the NCCP Code of Ethics.

https://coach.ca/nccp-make-ethical-decisions

Managing Conflict

Coaching Association of Canada

NCCP Managing Conflict introduces new and experienced coaches to the impact of conflict on sport in their day-to-day coaching practice. This module teaches key skills for achieving positive outcomes using effective conflict management techniques.  

After completing the NCCP Managing Conflict training module, coaches will be able to: 

  • Identify common sources of conflict in sport 
  • Take steps to prevent and resolve conflict resulting from misinformation, miscommunication or misunderstanding 
  • Listen and speak for themselves in conflict situations to maintain positive and healthy relationships with athletes, parents, guardians, officials, other coaches and administrators 

https://coach.ca/nccp-managing-conflict

CAC Support Through Sport Modules (FREE)

Coaching Association of Canada

The Support Through Sport eLearning modules are designed to empower coaches and sport stakeholders to recognize and take action in addressing gender-based violence and teen dating violence. Each module in the series focuses on different important issues surrounding this topic and helps to build the capacity of coaches in promoting healthy relationships in and through sport.

Each eLearning module in the Support Through Sport series is available in the Locker for free.  Coaches who are maintaining their trained or certified status will receive 1 Professional Development (PD) point per module upon completing these eLearning modules.

https://coach.ca/support-through-sport

Understanding Teen Dating Violence The foundational module in the series focuses on creating healthy environments for sport participants between the ages of 11 and 24 years. You will learn about the four forms of violence: physical, emotional and psychological, sexual and neglect. By the end of the 30-40 minute module, you will know how to identify the elements of healthy relationships.

Bystander Empowerment In Bystander Empowerment, you will participate in several activities to help improve your skills in being a helpful bystander. After completing this 20-30 minute eLearning module, you will be able to recognize different forms of violence, identify helpful and hurtful bystander behaviour, and use strategies to intervene as a bystander in situations of violence.

Modelling Healthy Relationships In Modelling Healthy Relationships, you’ll participate in several activities that will help improve your skills at modelling healthy relationships in the sport environment. After completing this 20-30 minute eLearning module, you will be able to recognize the elements of a healthy relationship, identify opportunities for modelling healthy relationships in the sport environment, and identify strategies for how to set, maintain and uphold expectations for healthy relationships. 

Gender-based Violence in Sport In Gender-based Violence in Sport, you will participate in several activities to help improve your skills at recognizing and reducing gender-based violence in your sport environment. After completing this 20-30 minute eLearning module, you will be able to recognize forms of gender-based violence and identify strategies to use to prevent gender-based violence in your sport environment

 

viaSport LEARNING CENTRE

In addition to the online training courses listed above, viaSport has curated a range of resources in our Learning Centre - a hub for all kinds of information on topics relevant to sport, such as:

You can access the learning centre here: https://www.viasport.ca/learning-centre

 

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