1. Based on the International Olympic Council’s Consensus Statement developed in 2016, Safe Sport is defined as “an athletic environment that is respectful, equitable and free from all forms of harassment and abuse (non-accidental) violence”.
2. This policy applies to all our stakeholders involve with the work of the Singapore Shooting Association (“Association”) and the sport of Shooting, in one way or another, at the National Shooting Centre (“NSC”) or outside of the NSC including but not limited to the members of the Council of the Association, coaches, athletes, employees, volunteers, individuals who are members of the Association’s constituent members, representatives from partner organizations, and persons, agents or contractors associated with the Association, its constituent members and/or partner organizations.
3. The purpose of this policy is multifold.
a. To protect the interests of the children (<13), young people (<21) and vulnerable adults in Shooting from harassment and abuse;
b. To outline the principles guiding our approach to safeguarding and protecting the children, young people and vulnerable adults;
c. To adopt practices and outline standards of behavior; and
d. To establish a Safe Sport culture that is understood and put into action by all individuals who work for the Association, volunteer their time with the Association or have access to our facilities, activities, courses, events and/or programs.
Roles & Responsibilities
4. The Safe Sport Committee, vested with the power by the Council of the Association, is responsible for the development and endorsement of the Association’s Safe Sport Commitment. It delegates the implementation of the policy to the General Manager, supported by the Safeguarding Officer appointed by the Safe Sport Committee. The appointed Safeguarding Officer is High Performance Manager. The role of each entity in relation to the development and compliance of the Safe Sport Policy is detailed in Annex A.
Our Commitment Statement
5. The Association is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the children, young people and vulnerable adults in Shooting. Our policies and procedures seek to address risks to Safe Sport, and establish Safe Sport culture and practices. Our Safe Sport policies are accessible in forms that are easy to understand and are communicated to our stakeholders. We regularly review our policies, gain endorsement of changes and advise our stakeholders of changes.
6. The Association is committed to Safe Sport. Through our Safe Sport framework, we document our clear commitment to keeping Shooting safe from harassment and abuse. We communicate our commitment to the children, young people and vulnerable adults in Shooting and give them access to a copy of our commitment statement.
7. The Association endeavors to ensure that all employees and any person who is involved with the work of the Association and in Shooting understands his/her role and the behavior we expect in relation to keeping the children, young people and vulnerable adults in Shooting safe from harassment and abuse through application of the Code of Behavior as presented in Annex B. We use clear position descriptions which explicitly state the safe sport requirements in the Code of Behavior that outlines our expectations for behavior towards the children, young people and vulnerable adults. This Code of Behavior is posted on the notice board at the NSC and our web portal.
8. The Association minimizes the likelihood of recruiting a person, paid or volunteered, who is unsuitable to work for or with the Association or in Shooting in general by putting in place appropriate measures that ensure that:
a. The Association’s commitment to Safe Sport is communicated to potential applicants for positions;
b. Face-to-face interviews are held which includes Safe Sport related questions;
c. Two professional reference checks are undertaken; and
d. Screening checks are undertaken, including identity, declarations of disciplinary or criminal record, qualifications or any relevant checks if available.
Induction & Training
9. The Association provides all new employees and any person who is involved with the work of the Association and in Shooting with information during their induction / training about our commitment to Sport Safe. We support ongoing education and training for our employees and persons working for or with the Association or in Shooting in general. We ensure that these stakeholders have up to date information relevant to specific legislation applicable in Singapore or where they may travel to as a part of their duties.
10. The Association endeavors to involve and communicate with all stakeholders in developing a safe, inclusive and supportive environment. We provide information about:
a. The Association’s commitment to Safe Sport;
b. The Code of Behaviour; and
c. The Association’s policy about responding to harassment and abuse.
11. The reporting policy applies to all employees and any person who is involved with the work of the Association and in Shooting. The policy states that:
a. Any violation of the Code of Behavior or any case of harassment or abuse involving a child, young person and vulnerable adult must be reported to the Safeguarding Officer immediately;
b. The specified process when reporting harassment or abuse must be strictly followed; and
c. Failure to report is serious misconduct.
12. All employees, as well as any person who is involved with the work of the Association and in Shooting, have access to the policy and must understand the implications of the policy for their roles. The Association documents any allegation, disclosure or concern regarding harassment and abuse, and monitors responses to all allegations, disclosures or concerns.
Policy Review & Improvement
13. The Association is committed to maintaining and improving our policies, procedures and practices to keep the children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harassment and abuse. We have assigned responsibility for maintaining and improving our policies and procedures to Safe Sport Committee.
14. The Association monitors our employees and all persons who are involved with the work of the Association and in Shooting to ensure our Safe Sport polices and appropriate practices and behaviors are followed. We communicate with all our stakeholders to ensure that they understand our policies and that the policies are effective in the work place. We require our potential employees and persons wishing to be involved with the work of the Association and in Shooting to disclose any information, including past convictions or charges, affecting their suitability to work in Shooting. We review our records, checks and policies periodically and improve upon them.