February 2021: Important Update:
Abuse and misconduct by anyone in our orienteering community is prohibited. To learn more about the definitions of abuse and misconduct, please see our Abuse and Misconduct Policy.
OUSA policy requires that the following persons take the SafeSport training course and familiarize themselves with OUSA policies relating to abuse and misconduct: The SafeSport training program covers the topics of bullying, hazing, harassment and physical, sexual and emotional abuse in sport.
- All members of national teams and development programs, and adult support personnel for teams and programs
- All members of JTESC and the OUSA Board
- All adults who have regular contact with minors through OUSA programs
- Minors who travel with an OUSA team or attend an overnight OUSA training
- At least one parent of each minor required to take the training
- All coaches certified by OUSA
- At least one coach or team leader for each team officially competing in the Junior Nationals
- All minors who are OUSA members, subject to parental permission
- At least one person in a leadership role at each Local Affiliated Organization
This requirement has been in place for Orienteering USA (OUSA) coaches, board members, and national-level coaches and chaperones since 1 July 2014. As of February 2018, federal law requires that amateur sports organizations offer training in recognizing and reporting child abuse to all youth-serving adults. Moreover, the same federal law states that any adult authorized by OUSA to interact with minors is a mandatory reporter of suspected child abuse. A mandatory reporter must report suspicions of child abuse, including but not limited to sexual abuse, within 24 hours of becoming aware of it. For more information on the PROTECTING YOUNG VICTIMS FROM SEXUAL ABUSE AND SAFE SPORT AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017, see its complete text at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/534/text – or for an easier read, see the U.S. Code, Title 36, Chapter 2205.
OUSA covers the cost of training for OUSA members as well as parents of OUSA juniors. For a fee of $15, we also make the training available for non-OUSA members who meet one of several conditions, including being a member of a local orienteering club, or being involved with juniors at a local orienteering club (e.g. teaching or chaperoning).
Our Junior Safety Handbook discusses misconduct and strategies to prevent misconduct from occurring.