Safety Policies, Forms, & Insurance
A CVPA – Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate, is one of the 7 required Regional Board positions as specified in the National Bylaws and Standard Regional Policies and Protocols. The CVPA serves as the Safe Haven program representative in the local Region, Area or Section.
The primary responsibilities of the CVPA include:
- Screening Volunteers at the local level.
- Working with the Regional Board to ensure all approved volunteers are registered and assigned to their specific positions.
- Working with the Regional Coach Administrator, Regional Referee Administrator and Regional Commissioner to ensure that all coaches, referees and volunteers are properly trained and certified and that they receive an annual Safe Haven protocol review.
- Serving as a contact for child abuse, child protection concerns.
- Working with the Regional Commissioner to ensure mandated reporting of suspected child abuse.
The CVPA is training requirements include:
- CVPA Job Training
- AYSO’s Safe Haven
- CDC’s Concussion Awareness Training
- AYSO’s Annual Safe Haven Addendum
For the protection of both players and volunteers, AYSO requires all volunteers to:
- Complete and eSign a volunteer application each and every year.
- Be authorized to perform their job by an AYSO Region, Area, Section, National Board or other AYSO authority.
- Act with the scope of their job descriptions, AYSO’s policies, procedures and guidelines.
- Complete AYSO’s Safe Haven (child, volunteer protection) training, and
- Be properly trained for their job (job training).
These requirements help ensure that volunteers receive all the protection they are entitled to under the Volunteer Protection Act and any Good Samaritan laws while providing for the protection of players and complying with municipal, state and federal legislation.
AYSO’s Safe Haven® program is designed to address the growing need for both Child and Volunteer Protection in youth sports. The components of the program help create a safe, fair, fun and family friendly environment – “safe haven” – for all participants.