Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse
Steps to Reporting Child Abuse
- Per current federal regulations (as of February 14, 2018), reports of child abuse should be made to the local law enforcement agency or local child protective services agency that has jurisdiction to investigate reports of child abuse or to protect child abuse victims or to the FBI. These regulations have not yet been updated to reflect the recent change in the law. Until such time as the regulations are updated, U.S. Soccer will make reports to (1) local law enforcement where any alleged incident took place to the extent it can be determined and the incident occurred in the United States, (2) local law enforcement where the victim resides if different than (1), and (3) the FBI.
- Child abuse is defined as physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, or negligent treatment of a child.
- An individual who is required, but fails, to report suspected child sexual abuse is subject to criminal penalties including fines and up to one (1) year in jail.
- These obligations are in addition to any Connecticut state law requirements that an individual may have in a particular jurisdiction.
The Law has a three-pronged approach:
1) Any adult interacting with amateur athletes in the program has a duty to report abuse and or suspected abuse within a 12 hour period (Connecticut). EVERY adult is a mandatory reporter.
2) The statute of limitations in CT is extended 30 years after the minor reaches the age of 18.
3) Limits an athlete under the age of 18 from being alone with an adult who is not their parent.
*What is an amateur athlete? Any child or minor under the age of 18. Legislation is available for download (click here).
STEPS TO REPORTING ABUSE
EVERYONE is a MANDATORY REPORTER
Mechanism for Reporting Physical or Sexual Abuse: You MUST contact everyone listed below when physical or sexual abuse is suspected.
1) Glastonbury law enforcement: GLASTONBURY POLICE - Youth Unit Personnel: 860-652-4280
2) State Department of Children and Families (DCF) 1-800-842-2288 (TDD: 1-800-624-5518)
3) Club Risk Manager - Hartwell Soccer President, Peter Cicolini:
4) State Association's Main Office - Josh Krusewski, Executive Director,
5) National Governing Body (NGB):
- US Soccer Integrity Hotline Number: (312) 528 - 7004
- US Soccer: https://www.ussoccer.com/integrity-hotline
6) US Center for SafeSport: https://www.safesport.org/report-a-concern
Mechanism for Reporting Other Forms of Misconduct: Other forms of misconduct such as emotional abuse, bullying, hazing, or harassment.
1) Club Risk Manager - Hartwell Soccer President, Peter Cicolini:
2) Club Program Director - Matt Pecheone: email@example.com
Depending on the circumstances, the Club may hold a Board Meeting to review the facts, and/or may invite persons involved to speak at the meetig. The decision of the Club or BOD should be sent to the State Association's State Office (Josh Krusewski, Executive Director, )
- Click on "Sign In" if you already have an account, or on "Enrollment key" if you need to create an account. Enrollment key is : YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M
- When prompted make sure to select US Soccer as your NGB.
To complete your course registration you will receive an email to confirm your email address. You must respond to this email to activate your account.
Document - CJSA's SafeSport Policy
Connecticut Department of Children and Families: Children's Alliance
Document - State of Connecticut Safe Sport Policy - Child Abuse Prevention
Document - Fact Sheet: What is "Grooming"
Document - Guidelines for Camp Counselors
Again, ALL coaches, administrators and adult volunteers whether they are paid employees of the club or volunteers must take the time to learn as much as possible about this important issue and to take the Mandated Reporter Training at their earliest convenience.
Connecticut Junior Soccer Association