Duty to Report

1. KO Football Academy and its members are strong advocates for the participants of the club. All members of KO Football Academy are responsible for the well-being of the participants, including administrative staff, coaches, managers, convenors, referees, and volunteers.
2. All members of KO Football Academy, have an obligation to report promptly to a children’s aid society if they suspect that a child is or may be in need of protection. The suspicion and the information upon which it is based must be reported. The duty to report applies not only to harm or the risk of harm (“harm” as set out in the Child and Family Safety Act, section 37) suffered by a child when participating in the sport organization, but also where the harm or risk of harm arises outside the sport organization, e.g., in the child’s home.
3. Should a coach become aware of a pattern of suspicious injuries or bruises on a child’s body and has reasonable grounds to suspect that they were caused by the child’s parent or caretaker, the coach must make a report to the children’s aid society.
4. All members of KO Football Academy, who have reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is or may be in need of protection must make the report directly to the children’s aid society. The person must not rely on any other person to report on his or her behalf.
5. A person need not be sure that a child is or may be in need of protection to make a report to a children’s aid society. “Reasonable grounds” are what an average person, given his or her training, background and experience, exercising normal and honest judgement, would believe.