AYSO Region 112 Safe Haven Policies for Child and Volunteer Protection
Child and Volunteer
region is committed to the protection of all its children from abuse
and neglect while participating in the program, and it promotes the
awareness and prevention of child abuse in the community at large.
region shall have a child and volunteer protection advocate (CVPA),
who shall be responsible for overseeing the AYSO Safe Haven child
and volunteer protection program in accordance with AYSO guidelines.
He or she shall be a member of the regional board and will act as
the main resource on child protection issues and shall be the
region's liaison with the Coordinator of Certification and Advocacy
at the AYSO National Support & Training Center.
region requires all volunteers to complete, date, and sign the AYSO
volunteer application form. Volunteers also authorize AYSO to
perform applicant screening.
region shall have the right to deny the participation of any
individual volunteer for any reason, including refusing to fill out
the volunteer application form, lying or knowingly misrepresenting
information on the application form or violating the principles of
these child protection policies. AYSO shall have the right to revoke
both the registration and certification of any volunteer who
falsifies information or is found guilty of child abuse, neglect, or
requirements for good faith reporting to law enforcement agencies
and child welfare agencies in the state of California are as
telephone report must be made immediately when the reporter observes
a child in his/her professional capacity or within the scope of
his/her employment and has knowledge of, or has a reasonable
suspicion that the child has been abused.
- A written report, on a
standard form, must be sent within 36 hours after the telephone
report has been made. "Reasonable suspicion" of child abuse
exists under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Act when it is
"objectively reasonable for a person to entertain such a
suspicion based upon facts that could cause a reasonable person in a
like position, drawing when appropriate on his/her training and
experience, to suspect child abuse."
- The report can be made to
the Police or Sheriff's Department or Child Welfare Agency.
volunteer under investigation for alleged abuse, neglect, or
endangerment will be asked to resign voluntarily until the matter is
resolved. If the volunteer refuses, the board will move to suspend
the volunteer until the matter has been resolved. The names and
identities of the parties involved shall be protected at all times
to the fullest extent possible during the proceedings.
suspended volunteer who is subsequently cleared of all charges may
apply to the regional commissioner (RC) and board for reinstatement
in the region. However, reinstatement is not a right, and reinstated
volunteers are not guaranteed to return to their former positions.
coaches, referees, other volunteers who work directly with children,
and the child and volunteer protection advocate, shall be trained
and certified before working with children in accordance with the
current AYSO recommendations and requirements.
official AYSO materials and courses (or those approved by AYSO) may
be used to train and certify these volunteers. Only official AYSO
programs, procedures, and policies will be taught.
signed rosters of attendees will be sent to AYSO Programs Department
to validate each attendee's training and certification, and to
ensure that the coaches and referees are registered with AYSO.
and clinics shall be taught by qualified AYSO certified and
registered instructors or someone under the supervision of a
qualified AYSO certified instructor.
other regional volunteers will be trained in child and volunteer
protection as appropriate.
shall be subject to ongoing evaluation, and additional training may
be required to maintain good standing within the region and the
regional board shall cooperate with the CVPA to ensure the safety of
the region's players.
coach administrator and the CVPA, prior to each season, shall meet
with the head coach of each team, either individually or in groups,
to review child protection and supervision responsibilities.
coach administrator shall observe and review the performance of
coaches to see that it conforms to the standards set by this child
and volunteer protection policy.
the head coach has assumed charge of the children on his or her
team, he or she remains responsible until a duly designated adult
has taken charge of each child after practice or a game or the child
leaves the immediate vicinity of the practice or game as prearranged
by the parent to walk home or go to a friend's or relative's house.
No child should be left unsupervised after a game or practice.
Parents who are unreasonably late or consistently tardy should be
reported to the child protection advocate for action. Each coach may
establish a standing policy of where children may be picked up by
referee administrator and the CVPA, prior to each season, shall meet
with the referees, either individually or in groups, to review child
protection and supervision responsibilities.
referee administrator shall observe and review the performance of
the referees to see that it conforms to the standards set by this
child protection policy.
game referee is responsible for providing a "child safe"
atmosphere for the match, and has both the duty and authority to
take any reasonable action to make it so. The referee is to report
to the referee administrator and CVPA any cases of questionable
conduct toward children by any coach, player, parent, sibling, or
spectator before, during, or after the match.
recommended supervision ratio should be 1:8 or fewer; that is, one
adult for every eight or fewer children and two adults present at
all times (one of whom may be the coach and one of whom should be
the same gender as the group). For the protection of both the
children and the volunteer, no volunteer should permit himself or
herself to be alone with any child or group of children (except his
or her own) during AYSO-sponsored activities.
shall notify the RC, CVPA, and parents concerning AYSO activities
away from the regular practice areas, playing fields, or other
designated areas. Such notification should be documented, stating
the nature of the activity, the names of the children involved, and
the names of the adult supervisors.
region advocates and expects exemplary behavior by all its
participants, and it will hold a strict line on conduct as laid out
in these policies.
statements such as those that deal with race, ethnicity, religion,
nationality, gender, age, sex, or sexual orientation are not
addition, physical, emotional, sexual, and ethical abuses are
prohibited, as is neglect or endangerment of a child.
forms of touching are acceptable as long as they are respectful and
should be in response to the need of the child, not the need of the
should be with the child's permission.
to touching must be respected.
must never include the breast, buttocks, or groin.
should be done in the open, not in private.
should have a brief, limited duration.
- A child's
comfort level with touching is influenced by factors such as age,
developmental stages, social and emotional
well-being, life experiences, gender, etc.; all of which change over
policies will be updated regularly as needed. To stay current or for
further information, contact the Coordinator of
Certification and Advocacy at the AYSO National Support and Training