Protecting Young Victims From Sexual Abuse and
Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017
The Law has a three-pronged approach:
1) Any adult interacting with amateur athletes in the program has a duty to report abuse and or suspected abuse within a 12 hour period (Connecticut). EVERY adult is a mandatory reporter.
2) The statute of limitations in CT is extended 30 years after the minor reaches the age of 18.
3) Limits an athlete under the age of 18 from being alone with an adult who is not their parent.
*What is an amateur athlete? Any child or minor under the age of 18. Legislation is available for download (click here).
What are the requirements for NGB’s and NGB-Affiliated?
Reporting: A mechanism that allows a complaint to be easily reported for a reasonable suspicion of Sexual or Physical abuse/neglect, within a 12 hour period of awareness. Federal regulations state that reports should be made to a) local law enforcement and b) local/state child protective services c) US Soccer, and d) the US Center for SafeSport.
EVERYONE is a MANDATORY REPORTER.
Mechanism for Reporting: Everyone listed below MUST be contacted when physical or sexual abuse is suspected
1) Local Law Enforcement Number (recommended to post on club website and give to athletes and parents)
2) State Department of Children and Families (DCF) 1-800-842-2288 (TDD: 1-800-624-5518)
3) Club Risk Manager Contact Information (every club should have a point person for reporting)
4) State Association’s Main Office - Josh Krusewski, Executive Director, email@example.com
5) National Governing Body (NGB)
US Soccer Integrity Hotline Number: (312) 528 - 7004
US Soccer: https://www.ussoccer.com/integrity-hotline
US Center for SafeSport: https://www.safesport.org/report-a-concern
Mechanism for Reporting (cont.): Other forms of misconduct such as emotional abuse, bullying, hazing, or harassment.
1) Club Risk Manager Contact Information (every club should have a point person for reporting)
2) Club or BOD Review/Hearing – There should be a process in place to document and address this other misconduct. The decision of the Club or BOD should be sent to the State Association’s State Office (Josh Krusewski, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org )
CJSA member clubs and club personnel can access Mandated Reporters Training provided by Connecticut’s DCF in two different ways, one for individuals and one for group sessions:
1) The first, for individuals, is through an on-line training video produced and provided by the DCF and available via the internet. Any interested individual can gain access to the approved DCF video training (it takes about 60-90 minutes to complete) simply by completing a required DCF Inquiry Form available at https://portal.ct.gov/DCF/Mandated-Reporter-Training/Home
A link embedded in the form will take you directly to the training video after completion of required information.
2) A second way that is open to clubs who would like to provide a group training session to its members is to invite certified DCF personnel available across the State of Connecticut who will provide Mandated Reporters Training to any size group. This service through Connecticut’s DCF is available free of charge to CJSA club and district meetings upon request. To access this type of group training use https://portal.ct.gov/DCF/Mandated-Reporter-Training/Home
CJSA strongly encourages its member clubs to have ALL of its coaches, administrators and volunteers whether they are paid employees of the club or volunteers to take the time to learn as much as possible about this important issue and to take the Mandated Reporter Training at their earliest convenience.
For more information about the work of DCF, please go to the DCF’s website home at: https://portal.ct.gov/DCF/Mandated-Reporter-Training/Home
For specific CJSA related questions on this issue, please contact CJSA
September 12, 2014
Connecticut Junior Soccer Association
11 Executive Drive · Farmington, Connecticut 06032
Telephone (860) 676-1161 · Fax (860) 676-1162 · www.cjsa.org