Contact The Authorities
Under Provincial Legislation, if you have reasonable grounds to suspect that a participant is or may be suffering from emotional abuse, physical abuse, and/or sexual abuse, you should immediately report the suspicion and the information on which it is based to the local child protection agency and/or the local police department. In Alberta, call the Child Abuse hotline 1-800-387-KIDS (5437).
Kids Help Phone
TOLL FREE: 1-800-668-6868 | LIVE CHAT | ALWAYS THERE APP (Apple App Store | Google Play Store) | WEBSITE
Stressed out? Lonely? Experiencing bullying or abuse? Feeling anxious or sad? Worried about a friend? If you need one-on-one time with someone who gets what's going on in your life, you can connect anonymously with Kids Help Phone. Kids Help Phone is a free, anonymous and bilingual professional counselling, information and referral service for young people. Counsellors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support you with whatever you're going through. They are available by phone, Live Chat, and the Always There chat app.
Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone
Text CONNECT to 686868 to chat confidentially with a trained, volunteer Crisis Responder for support with any issue — big or small. The texting service is available 24/7/365 and you don't need a data plan, internet connection or an app to use it. Learn more.
Canadian Centre For Child Protection
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a registered charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children. The goal of the Canadian Centre is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to the Canadian public. If you have a concern about a child and want to talk to someone, contact the Canadian Centre for Child Protection using the 'Report A Concern' button on their website. If you suspect abuse, report it to your local child welfare and/or police. If your concerns are about a child who is in immediate danger or risk, call 911 or your local police.
Respect Resource Line (Available 365 Days Per Year)
TOLL FREE: 1-888-329-4009 | TEXT: 1-306-717-9636 | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
This nation-wide, toll-free line is available to all Coaches and Activity Leaders who have been trained in the Respect in Sport Activity Leader program. The service is confidential and anonymous so you won't be required to disclose your identity. It provides bilingual response to calls or emails 365 days a year by expert staff who will guide you to the necessary resource pertaining to;
- child and youth maltreatment
- national/provincial child and youth protection laws
- organization-specific risk management and dispute resolution models
Note: This line is not for technical support, but offers a connection to resources to help deal with your situation.
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Health & Distress Support
Alberta Health Services
Nursing information and assessment line that is open 24 hours and provides advice when you or a loved are sick. They are a trusted source of information for all health-related questions and can connect you with services available within your community. You can also call this line for general health information, family doctor locations, and immunization clinic locations & times. For medical emergencies, call 911.
Alberta Wide Health Link: Call 811 | WEBSITE
Canadian Sport Helpline
If you are a victim or witness of harassment, abuse or discrimination in sport, contact the Canadian Sport Helpline to share your concerns and be referred to the appropriate resources. This helpline is anonymous, confidential, independent and bilingual. They are available 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
CALL OR TEXT: 1-888-83SPORT (77678) | EMAIL: email@example.com | WEBSITE
24-hour CRISIS lines that provide immediate support if you or someone you know is in crisis or distress (e.g. contemplating suicide, feeling overwhelmed, experiencing abuse, relationship troubles, mental health concerns, financial issues etc.).
Calgary Distress Centre: 403.266.HELP(4357) | WEBSITE
Calgary Critical Incident Stress Management: Mobile Response Team: 403.266.1605
Edmonton Distress Centre: 780.482.HELP(4357) | WEBSITE
Edmonton Community Urgent Services and Stabilization Team: 780.342.7777
Rural Distress Support: 1.800.232.7288
AGF is committed to creating a system that ensures a cohesive safe sport environment for all participants in the sport of gymnastics across our province and in Canada. Whether you are an athlete, coach, parent, judge, club owner or volunteer, your engagement and feedback are critical to the successful development and implementation of the safe sport initiative. Please send your questions, concerns and ideas to:
Alberta Gymnastics Federation