Safe4Athletes Handbook revised March 2013
The purpose of this publication is to provide any local sports club with a turnkey program containing the basic policies, procedures, forms, guidelines and educational materials that will enable the club to immediately install a management system that advances athlete safety and welfare. Each document contained in this Handbook is available as a free download in Word format on the Safe4Athletes.org Web site, so it can be customized with the name of the club and appropriate club staff and contact information.
Why, one might ask, would someone willingly ignore reports of heinous, despicable sexual abuse of a child?Why did it happen at Penn State? At Syracuse University? And why does it continue to happen in gymnastics, swimming and other organized sports? Wouldn't a reasonable person assume that the moral imperative would be to act to protect the child? We've seen time and time again that this is not what happens.