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Mandatory Reporting

Mandatory and Prohibitive Conduct  Reporting Information  

Mass Youth Soccer has partnered with Players Health for reporting known or suspected child abuse and prohibited conduct. Two different reporting steps, the same reporting portal

All Adult Participants of Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association are considered mandatory reporters of any known or suspected child abuse. Abuse does not need to be confirmed. Adult Participants should never seek to conduct their own investigations.

Mass Youth Soccer and our member organizations are responsible for providing a process and method that allows for a reasonable suspicion of sexual or physical abuse to be easily reported within a 24 hour period of awareness.

To report known or suspected child abuse - All steps below must be completed: 

  1. Call Local Law Enforcement
  2. Call the Department of Children and Families (DCF) within 24 hours; DCF also requires a written report be submitted within 48 hours of the initial call. 
  3. Submit a report online with Mass Youth Soccer via the Players Health portal; Click HERE.
    1. Players Health will work with you to make sure all required reports (including SafeSport) and steps (notifying U.S. Soccer) are completed.
    2. When in doubt, submit a report online to Players Health; they will inform you of next steps.
  4. Inform your participating organization’s President and or Risk Manager. 

Note:  Any allegation of sexual misconduct, regardless of the age of the parties involved, must be reported to the Center for SafeSport; you should submit a report with Players Health to ensure all necessary steps are taken.

Mass Youth Soccer and our member organizations are also required to have a process and  method for individuals to report prohibited conduct. This is defined in the Mass Youth Soccer’s Safe Sport Athlete & Participant Safety Policy. All are encouraged to report suspected violations of prohibited conduct to Players Health. Players Health will ensure all appropriate reporting steps are completed.

To report prohibited conduct as outlined in Appendix A of the Mass Youth Soccer’s Safe Sport Athlete & Participant Safety Policy - Complete both steps below

  1. Submit a report with Players Health; Click HERE.
    1. Players Health will work with you to make sure all applicable required reports and steps are completed.
  2. Inform your participating organization’s President and or Risk Manager.

IMPORTANT:  Making a report online to Players Health will alert the State Risk Manager and assist Mass Youth Soccer in taking any appropriate action (temporary measures).

Mass Youth Soccer does not tolerate retaliation of any kind. Any Adult Participant who makes a good faith report will not be subject to retaliation, including harassment, as a result of making a report. The SafeSport Act also includes qualified immunity for good faith reports. The obligation to report is not always satisfied by making an initial report and an Adult Participant is required to report supplemental information of which they become aware that may be relevant in a pending investigation.

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