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TABLE 4

Creating a Safe Environment to Prevent Abuse in Youth Sports: A Parent Checklist

• Review organization hiring procedures: background checks, interviews, applications, references 
• Ensure formal abuse-prevention training is conducted 
• Ask about organization codes of conduct, travel policies, and reporting requirements 
• Rules of communication between coaches and athletes should be present (social media, texting, e-mail) 
• Rules for coach and athlete contact during individual training should be established 
• Sport facilities should be well maintained and provide areas for athlete privacy and safety 
• Review organization hiring procedures: background checks, interviews, applications, references 
• Ensure formal abuse-prevention training is conducted 
• Ask about organization codes of conduct, travel policies, and reporting requirements 
• Rules of communication between coaches and athletes should be present (social media, texting, e-mail) 
• Rules for coach and athlete contact during individual training should be established 
• Sport facilities should be well maintained and provide areas for athlete privacy and safety 

Adapted from LaBotz M. Creating a safe environment to prevent abuse in youth sports: a parent checklist. 2018. Available at: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/sports/Pages/Creating-a-Safe-Environment-to-Prevent-Abuse-in-Youth-Sports-A-Parent-Checklist.aspx. Accessed April 27, 2018.

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