Protecting Youth Athletes from Sexual Abuse—Key Actions for all Adults:


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  • Stay aware that you cannot identify a child predator by how he or she looks.
  • Establish a league policy about child safety that everyone knows and understands.
  • Avoid having coaches be alone with players in an isolated place. Instead, even for one-on-one training, be sure that what is happening can be seen by other adults.
  • Where it is not practical to have another adult present all the time, parents or guardians might make an exception as long as they are aware that this situation requires Inner Circle level screening and oversight.
  • Do background checks but know that these alone are not enough.
  • Look for grooming behavior, such as singling a player out for special attention or keeping secrets.
  • Pay attention and speak up about anything that makes you uncomfortable.
  • Teach children how to recognize unsafe behavior, set boundaries, not keep problems or behavior against their safety rules a secret, and get help.
  • Make sure kids know how much you care about their safety.
  • Take action if a child comes to you for help or you suspect abuse or if you have any concerns.