The CFF is committed to ensuring that all participants in fencing participate in a safe environment and is taking steps to increase safeguards. The Board of Directors approved a new Safe Sport Policy Manual on March 21, 2021.
TO REPORT SUSPECTED ABUSE
You may contact the CFF’s Independent Safe Sport Official, Brian Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org. Brian is an independent third party who will guide you through the process and/or explore other options. This Independent Official is empowered to supersede CFF staff and Directors and launch appropriate policies as required based on evidence or a situation reported. Your contact with the Safe Sport Official is confidential, subject to certain legal limits. For general disputes, you are encouraged to try to resolve your situation at the club or provincial level before contacting the Canadian Fencing Federation.
The existence of this Independent Third-Party does not prevent individuals from contacting the CFF directly with complaints if they are comfortable with the process.
THE CANADIAN SPORTS HELPLINE
The helpline will provide you with advice, guidance and resources on how to proceed/intervene appropriately in the circumstances.
The CFF has taken the pledge of The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) committing to implementing supportive policies and processes that adhere to the three key areas of focus in Phase 1 of the Responsible Coaching Movement – The Rule of Two; Background Screening (Including Criminal Record Checks); and Respect and Ethics Training.
The CFF has implemented required criminal background checks for all certified coaches, staff, volunteers and activity leaders through MyBackCheck.com. All Fencing Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO’s), including clubs have access to the services of this system.
The CFF has also established the RESPECT in Sport for Activity Leaders training which is a requirement for volunteers, staff and coaches directly involved in CFF programs. The Respect in Sport Activity Leader/Coach Program educates youth leaders, coaches, officials and participants (14-years and up) to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). The platform enables PSO’s to also access the training services for their clubs and members.
The Coaching Association of Canada’s Safe Sport module is another acceptable option for coaches, athletes, officials, parents and volunteers to meet their Safe Sport training requirement.
The RCM web page also includes valuable resources for parents including links to report suspected abuse. Parents play a vital role in shaping the organizations in which their children are involved. By proactively supporting organizations to implement policies and procedures focused on protecting athletes and coaches from unethical behaviour, parents contribute to the ongoing development of our sport system and ensure a positive environment for all.
Finally, the CFF Board is currently reviewing policies and procedures and will work closely with national sport partners and agencies who are working together to create more effective reporting, screening and tracking policies for coaches. These new policies and procedures need to be implemented at all levels within our sport to ensure that we work together to ensure a safe sport environment for fencers.