CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT
We take your child's well being very seriously. Our children are also members of the Westover Waves.
According to Virginia's Child Abuse and Neglect Mandated Reporting Law § 63.2-1509, private sports organizations are considered mandated reporters. That means, among other things, coaches are required to report as soon as possible, but no later than 24 hours after having a suspicion of a reportable offense. The Department's toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline is 1-800-552-7096.
As required by Virginia law, coaches are taught how to recognize & report child abuse & neglect. These FAQs may be helpful in understanding such difficult & complex issues. Coaches must also be complete specific training:
Unfortunately, any program where adults supervise children represents an obvious opportunity for sexual predators. The National Youth Sports Council (NCYS) reports extensively on the importance of child safety. The National Alliance of Youth Sports (NAYS) also addresses the topic throughout its website.
In other words, preventing child abuse & neglect is a two-way street. Let's work together to create a safe environment for OUR children. It truly takes a village. If you see something, say something.
We would appreciate a parent to step up as volunteer to address child safety for our organization. If you are interested, please contact Team Manager Tony Britt, a long-time member of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) who has completed its Protecting Against Abuse Training.