Statement of Commitment
Sport organizations in British Columbia are committed to creating a safe sport environment that is accessible, inclusive, respects their participants personal goals, and is free from all forms of Maltreatment. As part of the BCPFA's commitment to Safe Sport, our staff and Board have completed Commit to Kids training and are part of the Responsible Coaching Movement.
The BCPFA values fair, safe, open and inclusive sport for all. To this end, in partnership with Football Canada, our members clubs and a variety of Canadian safe sport leading organizations, we promote and activate a number of initiatives with, and, for our members that work in tandem to support our alignment with the following policies:
Commit to Kids
Commit to Kids (C2K) provides policies, strategies, and a step-by-step plan to help reduce the risk of sexual abuse happening within child-serving organizations. C2K provides tailored training and resources such as Commit to Kids - Keeping Kids Safe in Sport that helps sport organizations develop policies for coaches and volunteers that uphold standards of conduct to keep kids safe in sport.
All BCPFA Board Members and Staff are required to complete the Commit to Kids training. BCPFA encourages all coaches and club executives to complete the training and to use the resources to support creating safe spaces for all participants.
Making Ethical Decisions
All coaches in BC and Canada are required to complete the Making Ethical Decision training and evaluation to be eligible for certification. To learn more about Making Ethical Decision, please click here.
Safe Sport Training
The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) developed the Safe Sport Training module to help anyone involved in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment. We all share the responsibility of creating a culture where everyone can thrive. Together, we can make sport safe for everyone.
All coaches, club executives and parents are encouraged to complete the FREE Safe Sport Training module.
Report Maltreatment to the British Columbia Provincial Football Association
Maltreatment can be reported directly to the BCPFA by emailing:
Advice, Guidance and Resources
If you are aware of a suspected incident of abuse, harassment, discrimination, bullying, or maltreatment you have options to access advice, guidance and resources:
B.C. Helpline for Children: a confidential toll-free phone line for children and youth wanting to talk to someone - 310-1234 (no area code required)
VictimsLinkBC: a toll-free, confidential, multi-lingual telephone and online service available across BC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence.
Resilience BC: the Anti-Racism Network provides information about how to report incidences of racism and hate crimes if you are a victim or witness such incidences.
The BCPFA delivers mandatory safe contact training to help ensure the safety of all athletes - see Safe Contact
The BCPFA also requires all coaches to take training in concussion awareness - see "Making Headway"