Does your club have a policy detailing in what circumstances coaches or other volunteers can provide transportation to players to and from practices or games? What about transportation for out of town trips? Rides to and from practices or games provide the opportunity for a volunteer to isolate a young player and place them in a dangerous situation.
The potential hazards of volunteer provided transportation were highlighted by a recent arrest in Florida. A 27 year old cheerleading coach is alleged to have offered a girl a ride to and from practice. On the way home, he stopped the car, got in the back seat and invited her to join him. The police allege that when she refused, he forced her into the back and sexually assaulted her. The investigation revealed a second cheerleader who has accused the coach of engaging in sexual conduct with her from the ages of 14 to 16. Read the full story here.
Development of strong child protections policies address issues including transportation. Sound risk management requires not only developing the policies, but also assuring their enforcement. Let Placek Consulting review your existing policies, or help you put together a complete risk management plan.