SAFE SPORT

The Alberta Handball Federation supports safe and welcoming sport environments within our handball and Multi-sport community. Please see the following resources listed below that are currently available. If you have any questions on this topic, please do not hesitate to contact info@albertahandball.com

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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: 1-800-668-6868LIVE 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

WEBSITE HERE

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: resourceline@respectgroupinc.com 

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 

  • bullying 

  • hazing

  • 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.  

 

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 811WEBSITE

 

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: info@abuse-free-sport.ca | WEBSITE

 

DISTRESS CENTRES

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

Alberta’s 24-hour Mental Health Help Line: 1.877.303.2642

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Abuse and Bullying: Prevention resources and help for victims of bullying, family violence, sexual abuse and exploitation and child and elder abuse.

Family Violence Prevention: Get information in many languages to help identify, prevent and deal with abuse and family violence.

Fact Sheet - Sexual Harassment in Sport and Recreation

CCMHS (Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport)

Edmonton Sport Council – Resources for Coping