Acknowledging the challenges in prioritising athlete welfare against medals and trophies, player associations are looking to establish policies, processes and support mechanisms to ensure survivors of abuse and harassment in sport have access to remedial justice and holistic supporting services.
“Am I saying and doing the right thing at the right time?”
The “Ready to Respond” Handbook aims at providing valuable, hands on guidance to player associations on how to exercise duty of care for athletes who are suffering effects of trauma and/or who disclose abuse or harassment in sport. While this is ultimately for the benefit of athletes, the resource is intended to be used by those who support their wellbeing.
which can be understood and summarized below as SAFER practice:
Support the athlete & Seek consultation
on due process, legal and mental health issues.
Affirm the athlete in coming forward to seek help.
Find out what practical and psychological
assistance the athlete requires.
Encourage the athlete to make use of all
Reach out for your own support.