Canadian Coaching Association “Responsible Coaching Movement” criteria to be minimum standard for all those affiliated with CSI Pacific

Vancouver (June 11th, 2018) – As part of its foundational commitment to Powering Performance and Inspiring Excellence, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI Pacific) stands behind the Responsible Coaching Movement, a national campaign against abuse in sport that aims to comprehensively shield Canadian athletes at all levels from psychological, physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

“We have taken this on not only because it is fundamentally important for Canadian high performance sport and sport in general, but because it is absolutely essential for Canadian society,” said Wendy Pattenden, CEO of Canadian Sport Institute Pacific. “Athlete and workplace safety should be universally understood, expected and applied with no exceptions.”
Pattenden announced that CSI Pacific is reinforcing its commitment to the Canadian Coaching Association’s Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge (#AbuseFreeSport), a new initiative that it signed onto last year. It is anchored on four cornerstone actions:

1. Online training as to rights, responsibilities, obligations and awareness for athletes, coaches, professional service providers and management;
2. Development, adoption and adherence of Policies and Procedures to prevent all forms of abuse;
3. An independent avenue for parties to raise concerns and incident management when issues arise; and
4. The Rule of Two: Appropriately ensuring that young athletes are not left on their own with a coach, staff or other personnel for extended durations.

“We have certainly taken steps over the years to help instill a safe and secure environment for Canadian high performance athletes but it is high time for a comprehensive nation-wide initiative that stridently works to eliminate the risk of all forms of abuse, at all levels of sport,” said Pattenden, a former Canadian tennis champion and female sports leader with more than 30 years of experience in the management of high performance sport in Canada.

“It’s clear that what is required is a vertically-integrated approach to sport policy that neutralizes those whose conduct is so detrimental to young athletes in particular and young people in general,” said Pattenden. “We will step up our own efforts and broaden the implementation of zero tolerance in our own jurisdictions and help support all those Canadian sport organizations that strive to create responsible environments for play, training and competition that are 100% safe from all forms of abuse. In fact, it will be a requirement for affiliation with CSI Pacific.”

The actions that CSI Pacific has already taken to protect against harassment and abuse in the workplace, including the training environment for high performance athletes that is at the heart of its mantra as a Canadian Sport Institute, include:

  • A Workplace Behavior Policy with zero tolerance for bullying, harassment (including sexual), and/or discrimination at work, in accordance with WorkSafe BC bullying and harassment legislation. All CSI Pacific staff received training on this policy when the legislation was first implemented and all new staff receive it during on-boarding. It includes identification of appropriate and inappropriate workplace behaviour, what to do if they witness or experience this kind of behaviour, and consequences if they display it themselves;
  • Background screening (all staff complete a background check, including a criminal record check and reference checks, upon hire);
  • As a signatory to the new CAC initiative, we have updated our own staff Code of Conduct to include a section on the Responsible Coaching Movement.

CSI Pacific is working quickly to adopt and implement the two other main tenets of the Responsible Coaching Movement, which are the Rule of Two and Ethics Training. The latter will see CSI Pacific implement Ethical Decisions training made possible through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

“Our immediate focus will be on staff working with minors, but we are committed to ensuring athlete safety and security for all of our employees and stakeholders,” said Pattenden. “The time is now for action and we are committed to doing our part as a cornerstone of CSI Pacific.”

Read more information on the Responsible Coaching Movement