Safe Sport Resources

Everyone has the right to participate in a sport environment free from maltreatment.

Athletes, coaches, officials, parents and volunteers should always experience the positive benefits of sport without worrying about inappropriate behaviour. Practicing safe sport means ethical and appropriate engagements between all participants. This means supporting the physical, social and emotional welfare of everyone. 

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Safe sport is a space free from maltreatment that can cause physical and mental harm. This includes recognizing the conditions that enable maltreatment and knowing how and when to step in. Safe sport is a shared responsibility. Athletes, parents, coaches, officials, spectators, organizers, and administrators need to collaborate to create a culture where everyone can thrive.

Training Resources
Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC) – Policies
National Coaching Certification Program – Code of Ethics
Steps for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse – Infographic
Steps for Reporting Inappropriate Conduct – Infographic
Safe Sport – Roles
Safe Sport Training Facts
Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport – Background Screening
Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport – Rule of 2


Safe sport is engaging in behaviours and practices that are ethical and developmentally appropriate, supporting the physical, mental, social and emotional welfare of participants.

Positive Engagement Resources
AthletesCAN Maltreatment Study
Abuse Free Sport Webpage
Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport – Making Ethical Decisions Training
NCCP Empower +


Safe sport is seeking out and participating in on-going educational opportunities to positively influence and advocate for safe sport environments for all.

Continuing Education Resources
Commit to Kids – Guidelines for Interacting with Children in Sport
Coaching Association of Canada – Rule of 2 infographic
Coaching Association of Canada – Virtual Rule of 2 infographic
Rule of 2 Implementation Matrix
Coaching Association of Canada – Responsible Coaching Checklist

Additional Resources

Kids Help Phone
Text “CONNECT” to 686868

Hope for Wellness Help Line

Canada Suicide Prevention Services
Text “Start” to 45645

Nova Scotia Mental Health Crisis Line