Getting Involved

Making It SaferThe Ministry is committed to encouraging involvement in sport, recreation, and physical activity among Ontarians. For children in particular, participation in recreational and competitive sport provides excellent opportunities for healthy development and life-long healthy living.

In Ontario, over 2 million children participate in sport every year. The ministry endeavours to encourage children's safe involvement in sport. This new publication, Making It SafeR: Preventing Sexual Abuse of Children, provides useful information to individuals and organizations involved in providing sport programs for children.

Made up of a Handbook, four Educational Modules, and Coach's Notes, Making It SafeR is designed as a practical resource that will assist sport organizations in taking important and initial steps to creating safer environments for children who participate in their sport programs. Developed in consultation with child protection experts and sport leaders, Making It SafeR includes easy-to-understand information on pertinent laws, the problem of child sexual abuse, and preventative measures organizations can adopt--measures such as screening of staff/volunteers.

Through a risk management approach, this resource will equip sport leaders with general information on how to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse within their organizations.

The Handbook, Educational Modules, and Coach's Notes are available for download. For more information on these publications, you may contact one of our regional offices.

Making It SafeR: Preventing Sexual Abuse of Children (A Guide for Ontario Sport Organizations)
Making It SafeR (PDF Version - 508K)

Educational Modules (speaking notes and handouts for trainers)

Module 1: Facing and Addressing Child Sexual Abuse
Module 1: Speaking Notes (PDF Version - 92K)
Module 1: Handouts (PDF Version - 86K)

Module 2: The Law and Child Sexual Abuse
Module 2: Speaking Notes (PDF Version - 100K)
Module 2: Handouts (PDF Version - 120K)

Module 3: Responding to Suspected or Alleged Child Sexual Abuse
Module 3: Speaking Notes (PDF Version - 92K)
Module 3: Handouts (PDF Version - 64K)

Module 4: Making our Organization SafeR: Getting from Here to There
Module 4: Speaking Notes (PDF Version - 102K)
Module 4: Handouts (PDF Version - 96K)

Coach's Notes
Coach's Notes (PDF Version - 108K)

Position Analysis Form
Position Analysis Form (PDF Version - 44K)