Safe Sport

Human Resources

Incorporating Safe Sport into your Human Resource Practices

Swimming Canada believes that motivated and competent human resources – whether paid staff or volunteers – are key enablers of Safe Sport across Canada.  The below information has been compiled to is provide tools and best practices to use while selecting and screening your team.

JOB POSTING

The Canadian Centre for Childhood Protection recommends that a job posting states your organization’s commitment to creating a safe environment and indicate that all applicants will be required to complete a thorough screening and interview process.

SAMPLE:

“[Organization’s Name] is committed to providing a safe environment for all, especially children. All applicants will be thoroughly screened using background checks and a review process.”

CANDIDATE ASSESSMENT AND INTERVIEWS

It is recommended that you use a selection panel of two or more people, rather than a single person, to assess whether candidates are suitable for your role and your organization. In addition to an interview, consider asking candidates to demonstrate their practical skills, either as part of the interview or in a separate session.  Be aware that there are certain questions that you can’t ask candidates, such as about their age, their health or their family situation.

Here are some tips on how to add Safe Sport into your interview process.

CLICK HERE: SAFE SPORT INTERVIEWS

PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING

Pre-employment screening is the final stage before you take on your new volunteer or employee.  It is a critical step for any employer, but all that much more important in a world of safe sport. It includes items such as candidate references and background/police checks.

Please refer to Swimming Canada’s Safe Sport Prevention section, your provincial section’s screening policy and the CSCTA’s screening policy to learn more about mandatory screening.

REFERENCE CHECKS

As part of pre-employment screening, it is strongly recommended that you contact at least two job-related references.

Here are some tips on how to incorporate safe sport into your reference check process.

CLICK HERE: SAFE SPORT REFERENCES CHECKS

HELPFUL LINKS

Responsible Coaching Movement – Background Screening Matrix

Canadian Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association – Screening Disclosure Form