Volleyball Canada applauds the new Abuse-Free Sport National Registry

Volleyball Canada applauds the new Abuse-Free Sport National Registry Volleyball Canada supports the recent launch of the Abuse-Free Sport National Registry as another tool to enhance sport safety in Canada.

“We were very encouraged that the National Registry was launched and view this as another important step to improve sport safety in Canada,” said Mark Eckert, Volleyball Canada’s President and CEO.
“We are very proud that our provincial and territorial partners are aligned with Volleyball Canada, allowing all our 70,000-plus members to access this system if their provincial sport governing body does not already have a system in place. The fact that we have a number of cases listed is an indication that the system is working to investigate and sanction the small minority of individuals who abuse their positions in our sport.”
Volleyball Canada (VC) and its PTAs are aligned on Safe Sport policies and signed on to Abuse-Free Sport together. Therefore, all of VC’s 70,000 plus members are eligible to submit complaints through Abuse-Free Sport if their PSO does not already have a complaint management process in place. This contrasts with many other NSOs that are only signed on at the National (and National Teams) level.
As a result of being an early signatory, and one which includes its membership, Volleyball Canada has several cases either completed or in the process of being investigated. This is an indication that the volleyball community is aware of the reporting system and is active in launching complaints when appropriate.
“Volleyball Canada shares its updated list of sanctioned members, including historical cases, with its partners, and we have long called for this National Registry that is vetted and meets Canadian privacy standards,” said Eckert. “While there is still much work to do in the area of safe sport, we are pleased with this additional measure that will help our participants enjoy the sport they love in a safe environment.” For more information on Safe Sport, see our web site: https://volleyball.ca/en/about/safe-sport  

Did you know?
Abuse-Free Sport, formally known as the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC), is responsible to administer the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) using trauma-informed processes that are compassionate, efficient and provide fairness, respect and equity to all parties involved.
OSIC operates as an independent division of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC).

For more information, including on how to report an incident, see this site: https://sportintegritycommissioner.ca/

Volleyball Canada media contact:
Jackie Skender jskender@volleyball.ca


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