Kawartha Minor Hockey Code of Conduct Policy
It is the policy of the Kawartha Minor Hockey Association that there be no harassment, abuse or bullying of any participant in any of its programs. The Kawartha Minor Hockey Association expects every athlete, coach, assistant coach, trainer, manager, official, parent, director, officer, volunteer, employee and chaperone within the Kawartha Minor Hockey Association to take reasonable steps to safeguard the participants against harassment, abuse and bullying.
Child means a person between the age of 0 and 16 years.
Youth means a person between the age of 16 and 18 years.
Adult means a person who has reached the age of maturity. In the Province of Ontario this age is 18 years.
Bullying describes behaviours that are similar to harassment, but occur between children under the age of twelve, or behaviours between youth or between adults that are not addressed under human rights laws. Bullying is intentionally hurting someone in order to insult, humiliate, degrade or exclude him or her. Bullying can be broken down into four categories: physical, verbal, relational (for example, trying to cut off victims from social connection by convincing peers to exclude or reject a certain person), and reactive (for example engaging in bullying as well as provoking bullies to attack by taunting them).
Harassment is offensive behaviour – emotional, physical, and or sexual – that involves discrimination against a person because of their race, national or ethnic origin, age, colour, religion, family status, sexual orientation, sex or gender, disability, marital status, or pardoned conviction. Harassment may occur when someone attempts to negatively control, influence or embarrass another person based on a prohibited ground of discrimination.
Child abuse is any form of physical, emotional and/or sexual mistreatment or lack of care, which causes physical injury or emotional damage to a child. A common characteristic of all forms of abuse against children and youth is an abuse of power or authority and/or breach of trust. Abuse is an issue of child protection. Protection refers to provincial, territorial or Aboriginal band-appointed child protective services. A child may be in need of protection from harm if abuse or neglect is suspected. Information about one’s legal duty to report and circumstances under which reporting must occur according to child protection legislation is available at www.hockeycanada.ca.
Emotional abuse is a chronic attack on a child or youth’s self-esteem; it is psychologically destructive behaviour by a person in a position of power, authority or trust. It can take the form of name-calling, threatening, ridiculing, berating, intimidating, isolating, hazing or ignoring the child or youth’s needs.
Physical abuse is when a person in a position of power or trust purposefully injures or threatens to injure a child or youth. This may take the form of slapping, hitting, shaking, kicking, pulling hair or ears, throwing, shoving, grabbing, hazing or excessive exercise as a form of punishment.
A general definition of neglect is the chronic inattention to the basic necessities of life such as clothing, shelter, nutritious diets, education, good hygiene, supervision, medical and dental care, adequate rest, safe environment, moral guidance and discipline, exercise and fresh air. Neglect may apply in a hockey setting where there is a chronic inattention in the hockey context, for example when a player is made to play with injuries.
Sexual abuse is when a child or youth is used by a child or youth with more power or an adult for his or her own sexual stimulation or gratification. There are two categories of sexual abuse: contact and non-contact.
Misconduct refers to the behaviour or a pattern of behaviour that is found, by a formal (for example an independent investigation) or informal process (i.e. for example an internal fact finding), to be contrary to the Kawartha Minor Hockey Association Code of Conduct and that is not harassment, abuse or bullying.
Any allegation, verbal or written, that involves bullying, harassment, abuse or misconduct within the jurisdiction of the Kawartha Minor Hockey Association.
RECEIVING A COMPLAINT
When there is a complaint of abuse of a child participant there will be no investigation by the Kawartha Minor Hockey Association. Any investigation will be left to the police or appropriate child protective agency. If a complaint of abuse of a child participant results in a conviction, the Kawartha Minor Hockey Association may discipline the individual convicted. If a complaint of abuse of a child participant does not result in a conviction, the Kawartha Minor Hockey Association may nevertheless discipline the individual subject to the complaint. Complaints of harassment, bullying or misconduct may be handled informally where possible or formally, but within a reasonable time frame.