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.
Volunteer Instructors and Staff that interact with our athlete population must:
- Pass a background screening every 2 years (auto re-check occurs after year 1)
- Complete the online Safe Sport/Sports Protection Training annually
**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.**
Covered Individuals, as defined in our Sport Protection Policy & Handbook, must successfully complete the training and quiz after the test in order to be eligible to participate with DREAM Adaptive Recreation. DREAM, through the help of DSUSA, has partnered with the U.S. Center on SafeSport to provide training.
Covered Individuals are required to complete awareness training, or a refresher course, as applicable, every year. The first training to commence no more than 30 day(s) before they have contact with athletes and/or minors in connection with DREAM. DREAM is committed to paying for this training, with help from the Flathead Electric, Roundup for Safety program.
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:
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.