Risk Management

Criminal Records Check

All staff and or volunteer Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers, Approved Female (girls teams only) are required to have a Criminal Records Check (CRC) on file with the Club.

Cliff Avenue United FC uses the BC Criminal Record Review Program to obtain a clearance letter. Begin your application now. 

CAUFC must have received the CRRP clearance letter before you can attend  your first game, practice or gathering either in person or online. While approved criminal record checks are valid for five years, BC Soccer requires Clubs to refresh and obtain approval letters every three years.

The approved agencies for Criminal Record Checks is the BC Criminal Record Review Program (CRRP) or the RCMP as directed by the CRRP or BC Municipal Police Departments as directed by the CRRP.

Rule of Two Policy

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Cliff Avenue United FC expectations is the 'Gold Standard' when it comes to BC Soccer's Rule of Two policy.
Rule of two states as follows:
An athlete, when in a potentially vulnerable situation, must be in the presence of no less than two adults who possess the following;
  • Valid Criminal Record Check.
  • Recognized by the Club as a coach/manager for the current season.
  • A minimum of one of the adults must be the same gender as the player.
The goal of the Rule of Two serves to protect minor athletes and coaches in potentially vulnerable situations by
ensuring that all interactions and communications are open, observable, and justifiable in the presents of more than one adult.

Vulnerable situations can include closed door meetings, travel and training environments amongst others.
One-on-One interactions between a coach and a player, without another individual present, must be avoided in all circumstances.

rule of two diagram

Canada Soccer Guide to Safety

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Canada Soccer & Cliff Avenue United FC believes that every individual involved in soccer deserves the opportunity to participate safely. Children, in particular, have a right to participate in sport in a safe and enjoyable environment. The Canada Soccer Guide to Safety (the Guide), as an element of the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program, presents information, best practices and principles, and guidance to support safe environments and participation. 

This Guide is divided into sections, designed to cover all elements of safety both on and off the field of play, including Codes of Conduct, Child Protection, the Responsible Coaching Movement, Anti–Doping, Injury and Return to Play, Facility and Equipment Safety, and Psychological Safety.

In addition, it provides resources to support key stakeholders; Coaches and Program Leaders, Parents, and Children, as well as templates, tools, and samples for organizations, to create safe environments.

Reporting Child Sexual Abuse & Misconduct

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Working Together to Keep Kids Safe in Soccer

Sports such as soccer offers incredible experiences and opportunities for children, which are integral to enhancing child development. Positive experiences are tied to healthy relationships between athletes and coaches, officials, and other sport leaders, as well as to safe environments where adults are accountable for their actions and behaviors.

Cliff Avenue United FC takes keeping youth safe this guide explains the process to follow if you have concerns about possible child sexual abuse.

Guidelines for Adults interacting with Children

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Cliff Avenue United FC offers incredible experiences and opportunities for children. These experiences are integral to our community and enhance child development. Positive experiences are tied to healthy relationships between athletes and coaches, as well as to safe environments where there are clearly established guidelines for professional boundaries between adults and children. Read more here.

Cliff Avenue United FC is committed to ensuring all children are protected and safe. A code of conduct is important for creating a safe environment.

Code of Conduct to Protect Children in Sport: here