Safe Sports

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 Deaf Sports Federation’s commitment to Safe Sport, our staff and board have completed Commit to Kids training.

How to report the Maltreatment

An individual or sports organization (the Complainant) may initiate a complaint in writing or in video with sign language to the Ethics and Discipline Committee (“EDC”) of the BCDSF at the current BCDSF office address or email to President or Vice President if they have evidence or cause to believe a member has breached any part of the BCDSF Coaches Code of Conduct. Criminal behaviour should be reported to the police.

The complaint must include sufficient detail to permit the EDC to investigate the complaint.

Upon receipt of the complaint the EDC shall investigate the complaint, including interviewing individuals involved, notifying the member involved of the details of the complaint and providing the member with an opportunity to address the complaint.

The EDC shall provide to the Complainant, the member and the Executive Committee (“EC”) of the BCDSF, a detailed written report with the EDC decision within a reasonable time, normally within 30 days. The report shall include the reasons for the decision reached by the EDC.

In considering the complaint the EDC shall consider the severity of the incident, what steps the member has taken to rectify or remedy the situation or to make restitution. If the EDC finds the member breached any terms of the Code, the EDC may reprimand the member and/or suspend the member from any involvement with the BCDSF, its activities, its members or any of its sanctioned events for a set period of time, or indefinitely.

National Sport Helpline

Associated Policies and Procedures
Link to B.C. Universal Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Ethics Discipline Committee Procedure

Volunteer and Employee Screening Policy

Additional Resources

Link to trainings such as:
Commit to Kids
Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders
CAC Safe Sport Training

Link to resources on the Rule of Two
viaSport: Addressing Maltreatment

Link to Province of B.C. 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 incidences of
racism and hate crimes if you are a victim or witness such incidences.