Safe Sport-related Policies & Procedures
As part of its commitment to providing a safe training environment to all participants, Canada Artistic Swimming has recently adopted several governing policies related to safe sport which are described below.
Coach Registration & Certification Policy
CAS and PTSOs are committed to creating a safe work and sport environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Coaches are expected to conduct themselves in all matters involving or impacting CAS or a PTSO, and where they may be seen to be representing CAS or a PTSO, with integrity and in a manner that is consistent with CAS and PTSO values and the highest standards of behaviour upon which CAS or a PTSO’s image and reputation rests. The purpose of this Policy is to outline the registration and certification requirements for coaching artistic swimming in Canada.
This Policy applies to all individuals wishing to engage in the role of a coach for the sport of artistic swimming in Canada.
CAS Participants are expected to conduct themselves in all matters involving or impacting CAS, and where they may be seen to be representing CAS, with integrity and in a manner, that is consistent with CAS values and the highest standards of behaviour upon which CAS’s image and reputation rests. The purpose of this Conduct Policy is to foster a positive, safe and respectful work and sport environment.
This Policy applies to all CAS Participants, which include all persons engaged in any paid or volunteer capacity with CAS or otherwise under the jurisdiction of CAS. This Policy applies at all times, wherever the CAS Activity takes place, which includes the CAS offices as well as external locations in Canada and abroad and includes all activities over which CAS has jurisdiction. This Policy also applies to the conduct of CAS Participants outside of CAS Activity when such conduct adversely affects relationships within CAS and its work and sport environment or is detrimental to the image and reputation of CAS. Such applicability will be determined by CAS at its sole discretion.
Police record checks are an important part of the screening process to determine suitability of employees, board members, coaches, volunteers and other service providers. Police record checks can mitigate risk of theft and fraud and can help organizations identify individuals who pose a risk to minors and other vulnerable persons. Screening is an important part of providing a safe sporting environment and has become a common practice among sport organizations that provide programs and services to the community. CAS and its Members and affiliated clubs are responsible at law to do everything reasonable to provide a safe and secure environment for participants in its programs, activities and events. Requiring that valid police record checks, and other background checks as appropriate, be submitted, as part of the screening process, is part of this duty of care.