A Safe Place to Grow: The Updated Little League® Child Protection Program

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The well-being of all participants is paramount and we strive to create an environment as safe as possible on and around the pitch. To support this vital pillar of our organization, Little League® continues to keep abreast of all of its safety policies and procedures within the Child Protection Program, including adherence to the Child Protection Standards of SafeSport and USA Baseball Pure Baseball Program. As part of these ongoing efforts, Little League has updated and clarified the Child Protection Program as the 2021 season approaches, which aims to provide clear direction through policy and encourage volunteers to learn about these important issues through appropriate training.

Although the structure of the Little Leagues Child Protection Program has been updated, the main focus of the program remains the same. As new challenges for minors continue to evolve, Little League has expanded its agenda to focus on all forms of child abuse, including expanding and updating its bullying and welfare policies. be emotional.

From a political standpoint, leagues should be aware that further research is now mandatory to meet Little League’s minimum background check standard. Leagues must also include a review of the Centralized US Center for SafeSport Disciplinary Database and the List of ineligible participants in American baseball as part of the background check process. By performing your league background checks through JD Palatine (JDP), these additional exams will be automatically included as part of their standard background check for local Little League programs. Leagues are strongly encouraged to use JDP for their background checks to take advantage of this integration, as well as to receive their 125 free background checks. Any league not using JDP must perform this additional check manually.

This additional research extends the protection of our minors to individuals who have been banned from other sports organizations. For more information on Little League’s relationship with SafeSport and USA Baseball, please visit LittleLeague.org/SafeSport.

Over the next few months, Little League will provide important information on the updated child welfare policy and program. Please continue to visit LittleLeague.org/ChildProtectionProgram for more information which includes educational resources to help train volunteers. If you have any questions about the new updates to the Child Protection Program, please contact Samantha Mahaffey, Little League’s International Security Manager, at [email protected]


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