SPORT PROTECTION

DREAM Adaptive Recreation strives to safeguard our sport environments from misconduct, including athlete physical and sexual abuse.  To that end, DREAM has constructed a sport protection handbook and policies designed to increase our community’s knowledge base, create stronger detection and protection systems for our programs, and to establish entry barriers for abusers. This handbook and policies within are specific to events, programs, and services provided directly through DREAM.  As a member chapter of Move United (formerly DSUSA), DREAM is required to adopt a written Sports Protection Policy that meets the minimum standards of Move United and makes the policy publicly available to our community.  Should you need to report misconduct, please follow the steps found in the handbook.

  • Sports Protection/Safe Sport Training (annually):  DREAM covers the cost of this training. 
    • First-year w/ DREAM = full online course
    • Year Two = short refresher course
    • Repeat full course every other year
  • Background Screening (once every two years): We ask our volunteers to cover the ~$20 fee.
**Please expand each section below to learn more and complete your background screening and/or Safe Sport Training.

Criminal Background Checks

Criminal background checks will be refreshed every year, or as otherwise required by law, for Covered Individuals (see definition of Covered Individuals in the Sport Protection Policy) who are 18 years of age or older and perform services for DREAM.  DREAM, through support from Move United, has chosen the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) to conduct Full Service Screens for Covered Individuals.

Covered Individuals are required to pay the associated fees for the background screening every two years, which averages $20.00.  NCSI runs a re-screen after the first year as part of the fee.  We appreciate your commitment to creating a safe environment for our participants.  **Approved Jr. Volunteers (16-18 yrs old) do not need to submit a background screening.**

 

Please visit the below link to complete an approved background screening:
It is important when entering your name, that you use your full legal name as written on your current ID (state driver’s license, passport or state ID with name and DOB). Please also verify that your social security number was typed correctly. Using nicknames or failing to type a correct social security number may delay or invalidate your background check.

Training

Covered Individuals, as defined in our Sports Protection Policy & Handbook, must successfully complete the training and quiz after the test in order to be eligible to participate (volunteer) with DREAM Adaptive Recreation.  DREAM, through the help of Move United, has partnered with the U.S. Center on SafeSport to provide training.

  • When ready to start your Safe Sport/Sport Protection training, please email Kate @ info@dreamadaptive.org or call 406/862-1817 x1 and she’ll get you going

Training

The U.S. Center for Safe Sport provides parent and youth training services, toolkits, and resources free of charge to registered individuals. It is easy to create an online account at:

US Center for Safe Sport

These FREE resources include courses for children of preschool age; grades K-2; grades 3-5; middle school and high school. These online trainings are designed as an introduction for minor athletes and their parents or other caregivers to understand the importance of positive, welcoming environments in sports, where misconduct like bullying or abuse is less likely to happen, and to know where to report abuse, should it occur.

Parent Toolkits help parents understand SafeSport best practices and how to respond to signs of abuse.