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Reporting Child Abuse or Misconduct

Reporting  child ABUSE OR MISCONDUCT 

Child abuse

Under the SafeSport Act, the reporting obligation is triggered when a mandatory reporter becomes aware of “facts that give reason to suspect” a child has suffered an incident of child abuse. Child abuse includes physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, or negligent treatment of a child. Sexual Abuse is defined to include the employment, use, persuasion, inducement, enticement, or coercion of a child to engage in, or assist another person to engage in, sexually explicit conduct or the rape, molestation, prostitution, or other form of sexual exploitation of children or incest with children. Mental Injury means harm to a child’s psychological or intellectual functioning which may be exhibited by severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal or outward aggressive behavior, or a combination of those behaviors, which may be demonstrated by a change in behavior, emotional response, or cognition.

Prohibited conduct and or prevention policies

This includes but is not limited to: All types of Harassment - Emotional Misconduct - Physical Misconduct - Bullying - Hazing - and violations of the One-on-One Prevention Policies (MAAPP).​

Mass Youth Soccer's prohibited conduct and prevention policies (MAAPP) are outlined in Appendix A & B of the Mass Youth Soccer’s Safe Sport Athlete & Participant Safety Policy.