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. If you have a concern or have seen an AGF member violate AGF’s Code of Conduct or AGF’s Discipline Policies please take the most appropriate action from the list below to report this concern or violation.
First Response | Report at Club Level | Report at AGF Level | Report at Law Enforcement Level
Good Faith Reporting
A reporting person who files an AGF Code of Conduct Violation form must do so with no malice and/or information known to be false, fabricated or retaliatory in nature. Reporters must have reasonable grounds for believing the information disclosed does indeed indicate a violation. Knowingly submitting a false or malicious report will be viewed as a major infraction.
There will be no retaliation of good faith reports that turn out to be unsubstantiated. No reporting person shall suffer retaliation or harassment as a result of their report.
In instances where the alleged misconduct is less severe, and/or may not give rise to a risk to the safety, health or well-being of athlete or member, AGF strongly encourages all members (athletes, coaches, parents, club administrators, judges, volunteers etc.) to first try and respectfully address the issue with the person directly.
Report at Club Level
If the first response approach listed above is unsuccessful, individuals with concerns should contact their club’s President or a member of its Board of Directors. If the club does not have a Board of Directors, individuals with concerns should contact the owner(s) of the club. If you are unsure how to proceed at the club level, please refer to your club’s Policies and Procedures or speak with your club’s leadership (President, head coach, club owner(s), or Board members) for more instructions.
Report at AGF Level
AGF should receive communication from individuals who have already unsuccessfully attempted to address concerns at the club level or if the concerns are not related to club operations (e.g. allegations occurred during an AGF related trip).
As AGF updates its Safe Sport Policies and Procedures, the role of Harassment Officer has been discontinued. Moving forward (until the approval of new Safe Sport Policies and Procedures), the Manager of Safe Sport will fulfill all responsibilities outlined in section 24 of the 2018-2019 AGF Policies and Procedures.
Contact information for AGF Personnel who can receive reports of concern (complaints) are:
AGF Safe Sport Manager
AGF Safe Sport Committee Chair
AGF will seek to obtain a written complaint from the individual reporting the concern. Anonymous reports can be submitted, but complaint processing may not be possible due to AGF’s inability to clarify detailed information with the person reporting the concern.
What happens when an individual submits a Report of Concern to AGF?
- AGF personnel ensure that the alleged behaviour falls under the scope and timeframe (see section 23.3 of AGF’s Policies and Procedures).
- AGF personnel assess if allegations in a complaint are deemed to be minor or major code of conduct infractions.
- AGF personnel ensure that the details of the complaint are sufficiently included.
- AGF personnel ensure that the complainant is aware of the policies and procedures (which will guide the process moving forward) and will confirm that they are willing to participate in those processes.
- All further actions will be completed by AGF personnel and will be guided by sections 23 and 24 of the AGF Policies and Procedures.
Report at Law Enforcement Level
Under Provincial Legislation, if you have reasonable grounds to suspect that an individual 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).
AGF is utilizing its Safe Sport Task Force (community representatives and experts in relevant fields) to improve it’s policies, procedures, processes, and initiatives pertaining to all Safe Sport initiatives including complaint reporting.
Whether you are an athlete, coach, parent, club administrator, judge or volunteer, your engagement and feedback are critical to the successful development and implementation of AGF’s safe sport initiatives. Please send your questions, concerns and ideas to:
Safe Sport Manager
Alberta Gymnastics Federation