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Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse


The Law
Steps to Reporting Child Abuse
Training Requirement
Important Documents


Protecting Young Victims From Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017

Became Federal Public Law No.: 115-126 (on Feb. 14, 2018). Text available here:
  • 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).


Mechanism for Reporting Physical or Sexual Abuse: You MUST contact everyone listed below when physical or sexual abuse is suspected.

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)

6) US Center for SafeSport:


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:

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, )


3 options

1) BLUE SOMBRERO LINKED TRAINING. All adult volunteers, coaches, and team managers can complete their annual SafeSport training through their Blue Sombrero account. When accomplished through Blue Sombrero, the Center for SafeSport will automatically sync to your CJSA account. If you haven't already completed your SafeSport training, this is the preferred way to comply with your Hartwell Coaching Requirements. More Instructions Here: Instructions to complete SafeSport through BlueSombrero.
2) SAFESPORTTRAINED.ORG. If you're having trouble with your Blue Sombrero account linking to SafeSport, you can try navigating directly to for the training.   If you proceed this way, you MUST remember to save the certificates of completion at the end so you can upload them to your Blue Sombrero account.  To do this, navigate to
If you use this method to reach and complete the training, you must save all certificates of completion to upload into Blue Sombrero.
  1. 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
  2. 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.

3) STATE OF CONNECTICUT. Members can access Mandated Reporters Training provided by Connecticut's Department of Children and Families (DCF) through an on-line training video produced and provided by the DCF and available via the internet. Any interested individual can gain access to the approved DCF video training (it takes about 60-90 minutes to complete) simply by completing a required DCF Inquiry Form available at A link embedded in the form will take you directly to the training video after completion of required information. For more information about the work of DCF, please go to the DCF's website home at:



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.

For specific CJSA related questions on this issue, please contact CJSA. CJSA's SafeSport Policy

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