April is National Child Abuse prevention month
, which provides clubs with a perfect opportunity to continue "Action" on creating a safe environment. Some suggestions for action include:
- Educating staff and parents about the issue and some precautions.
- Establishing standards of behavior.
- Developing policies toward zero opportunity for abuse to occur.
- Encouraging parents and concerned adults to speak with their children about this issue and speak up if there is a suspicion of inappropriate behavior or a breach of policy.
As part of the USA Gymnastics Clubs Care Campaign, USA Gymnastics has created resources (such as flyers, parents guides, and posters) to turn awareness into action. If your club did not receive these resources or would like additional pieces email ClubsCare@usagym.org. Please view the provided resources.
Download color or black and white version of posters/flyers that can displayed in your staff area.
Click here to learn what steps and policies USA Gymnastics has put into place to protect children and athletes.
USA Gymnastics has joined the U.S. Olympic Committee's "Make the Commitment: Stop Abuse in Sport" initiative, which is part of the USOC's SafeSport program, and is encouraging its clubs, coaches, judges, club owners, volunteers and parents to become active participants in the effort to stop child abuse. The goal of "Make the Commitment" is to help reduce child sexual abuse through identifying practical steps that can be taken at every level of sport. Click here
to learn how as a coach, judge, parent and club owner, you can make the commitment.
Darkness to Light
Deary's Gymnastics Supply (DGS) and their Keep Kids Safe program has made a commitment to stop abuse in sport by offering to the gymnastics community FREE of CHARGE the U301 Stewards of Children online course through the month of April. This online course is child abuse prevention training that is offered from Darkness to Light, a child advocacy organization. Take advantage of this gift offered to you by DGS and educate yourself and your staff. Click here to read more from DGS!
Stop It Now!
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
National Resources Related to Child Sexual Abuse
Child sex abuse is a societal issue, and all of us - athletes, parents, coaches, administrators, officials - must team up and together work for prevention.
USA Gymnastics has created a parent resource. Please refer parents in your club to USAGymClub.com for more information regarding this topic.
Click here to view the parent focused initiative "We Care Campaign".
Awareness + Action = Prevention