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Mandatory Reporting

On February 14, 2018, the President signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act which is aimed at protecting amateur athletes* from sexual abuse. 

This law has two parts:

Title – I Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse - Mandatory Reporting requirements which are outlined below.

Title – II Safe Sport Act - Click HERE to be redirected to the Safe Sport Act webpage.

What does the law state in regard to Mandatory Reporting?

TITLE I- Mandatory Reporting The Law has a three-pronged approach:

  1. Any adult interacting with amateur athletes in the program has a duty to report abuse and or suspected abuse within a 24 hour period. EVERY adult is a mandatory reporter.
  2. The statute of limitations is extended for up to 10 years after a victim realizes he or she was abused. 
  3. An individual who is required, but fails to report suspected child abuse within a 24-hour period is subject to criminal penalties.
 
*What is an amateur athlete? Any Child or minor under the age of 18. 
 
What are the requirements for NGB's and NGB-Affiliated?

Reporting – a mechanism that allows a complaint to be easily reported for a  reasonable suspicion of Sexual or Physical abuse/neglect, within a 24 hour period of awareness. Federal regulations state that reports should be made to a) local law enforcement and b) local/state child protective services , c) US Soccer, and d) the US Center for SafeSport. EVERYONE is a MANDATORY REPORTER.

Note:  Any allegation of sexual misconduct, regardless of the age of the parties involved, must also be reported to the Center for SafeSport.

Mass Youth Soccer's Mechanism for Reporting 
(Everyone listed below MUST be contacted when physical or sexual abuse is suspected)
  1. Local Law Enforcement Number (posted on club website and given to athletes and parents)
  2. Local Child Protective Services Number (posted on club website and given to athletes and parents)
  3. State of Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF)
    • Massachusetts Mandatory Reporting Guidelines:

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dcf/can-mandated-reporters-guide.pdf

  1. Club Risk Manager Contact Information (every club should have a point person for reporting)
  1. State Risk Manager –Mary Relic, mrelic@mayouthsoccer.org, 978-598-3613.
  2. National Governing Body (NGB)
US Soccer Integrity Hotline Number – (312) 528- 7004
US Center for SafeSport – https://www.safesport.org/report-a-concern
 
Other forms of misconduct such as emotional abuse, bullying, hazing, or harassment.
  1. Club Risk Manager Contact Information (every club should have a point person for reporting)
  2. Club or BOD Review/Hearing – There should be a process in policy to document and address this other misconduct.  The decision of the Club or BOD should be sent to the State Risk Manager.

 

NOTE:  Any allegation of sexual misconduct, regardless of the age of the parties involved, must also be reported to the Center.  Reports can be made to the Center for SafeSport at 833-587-7233 or online here:  https://safesport.i-sight.com/portal. 

 

State Risk Manager – Mary Relic, mrelic@mayouthsoccer.org, 978-598-3613


What else is important to know about this Law? 

How might my club be impacted?

There are additional and more specific requirements for several categories of youth sports providers listed as ‘Applicable Entity’ within the Bill.  Those listed under this category include:

  • National Governing Body (NGB) – Such as the United States Soccer Federation
  • Amateur Sports Organization (sanctioned by NGB) – Such as Mass Youth Soccer and Member Affiliates (town programs, clubs and leagues)
  • Amateur Sports Organizations (NOT sanctioned by NGB) – Such as YMCA, Church Leagues, Municipal Leagues, Independent Recreation Leagues, Camps, all others
 
For additional information please review the links below.
 
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