Wheelchair Sports Alberta believes that everyone in sport has the right to enjoy sport at whatever level or position they participate. Athletes, coaches, officials, classifiers, and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment, or discrimination.

Wheelchair Sports Alberta believes the welfare of everyone involved in the sport is a foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children/athletes in the sport is the responsibility of each individual and member in the wheelchair rugby community.

Wheelchair Sports Alberta is developing a Safe Sport framework that will put into place processes, procedures and policies to help create a safe environment for all participants.

WSA Resources

WSA Incident Report Form

Code of Conduct

Screening Policy (TBA)

Discipline and Complaints Policy (TBA)

Abuse Policy (TBA)

The Canadian Sports Helpline

The Canadian Sport Helpline, funded by the Government of Canada, is a listening and referral service monitored by live operators from 8 am to 8 pm Eastern time, 7 days a week. Users will have a choice of communicating via a toll-free phone line, email, text or live chat, in the official language of their choice.

This professional listening and referral service is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, by phone or text at 1-888-83SPORT (77678), and by email at info@abuse-free-sport.ca.

The helpline will provide you with advice, guidance, and resources on how to proceed/intervene appropriately in the circumstances.

Courses

Respect in Sport
Respect Group’s passion is to create a global culture of Respect the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). 

Making Headway
Concussions can happen to anyone taking part in sport and recreation, and can sometimes have serious consequences. Coaches at every level must be able to identify the signs and symptoms of a concussion and know what to do when they suspect a participant has suffered one.

Safe Sport Training
The Safe Sport Training module developed by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) will help anyone involved in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment.

Further Resources

Responsible Coaching Movement Checklist

Canadian Centre for Child Protection
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children, with the mission to reduce the incidence of missing and sexually exploited children

Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. They offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.

First Nations & Inuit Hope for Wellness
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counseling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.

Trans Lifeline
Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
A non-governmental organization to provide national leadership on substance use and to advance solutions to address alcohol- and other drug-related harms.

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP): 
CASP’s ultimate purpose is to reduce the suicide rate and minimize the harmful consequences of suicidal behaviour. We continue to be a touchstone for everyday Canadians and members of the media who want resources, guidance and education.

Need Help Now
NeedHelpNow.ca helps teens stop the spread of sexual pictures or videos and provides support along the way

Cybertip
Cybertip.ca’s mandate is to protect children from online sexual exploitation

Commit to Kids
Helping Organizations Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Rule of Two
The goal of the Rule of Two is to ensure all interactions and communications are open, observable, and justifiable. Its purpose is to protect participants (especially minors) and coaches in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring more than one adult is present.