Safe and supportive environments are those within which athletes can train and compete without fear of bullying, harassment or abuse. Tennis Canada is committed to protecting the security, safety, and health of its young people, vulnerable persons, staff and volunteers.
Tennis Canada demonstrates its commitment to safety by implementing current and comprehensive policies, delivering education and training, and by managing allegations and complaints compassionately, fairly and impartially.
If you have concerns about the safety of a young person, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If someone is in immediate danger, call the police (9-1-1).
Fostering a sport environment that is safe for all participants, at all levels of competition, is everyone’s responsibility. A safe sport environment is one that does not jeopardize an athlete’s mental, physical, emotional or sexual health and well-being but instead promotes strength, resilience and self-confidence.
Athletes, particularly those competing at high levels, may be vulnerable to attacks on their health and well-being from people they know – trainers and other athletes, for example – as well as from people they do not know – media and strangers through social media. It is essential that all participants are protected from harm through a combination of education and prevention initiatives, comprehensive and actionable policies and protocols, and compassionate and just crisis management.
The key areas addressed in the Safe Sport workplan include:
- Policy Development and Planning to ensure policies are current and comprehensive
- Crisis Management to ensure a level of preparedness in the event of an allegation
- Communication to promote safeguarding
- Insurance to ensure adequate coverage in the event of an allegation
- Education and Prevention to establish an understanding of safeguarding across the organization, from junior athletes to governance volunteers
- Sport Culture to collaborate with other national sport organizations to influence culture change
Specific safeguarding strategies will be built to address the unique needs and risks associated with the following positions:
- Tennis Canada’s office staff
- Tennis Canada’s Board of Directors
- Certified coaches / members of the Tennis Professionals Association
- Tournament volunteers
- Short and long-term volunteer hosts
- High Performance coaches
If you feel at risk of immediate harm, call 9-1-1. If you are in need of support and don’t know where to turn, the following organizations may be able to provide you with guidance:
Kids Help Phone
Text “CONNECT” to 686868
Hope for Wellness Help Line
LGBT Youth Line
National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)
Call: 1-866-633-4220, 416-340-4156
Call: 1 833 211-AIDE (2433), 1 833 245-HELP (4357)
For access to educational resources on violence and abuse prevention, bullying and mental health, please explore the following:
For information on background checks, which are commonly required for volunteers or employees of most organizations, please consult the Tennis Canada Background Checks Guide.
With regards to conducting record checks on youth under the age of 18, more information is available here.
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