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Safe Haven

Safe Haven®  is a child and volunteer protection program required of AYSO volunteers. Certification through educational courses dealing with protection issues. AYSO is the leading advocate for child and volunteer protection Child and Volunteer Protection Now and into the Future.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of AYSO. To ensure the safety of both children and volunteers, each volunteer is required to take a short in-person or online training session called Safe Haven®, focusing on safety and appropriate behavior with children as well as first aid and other on-field issues. Agreeing to a background check is also required for each volunteer. Becoming Safe Haven® certified may take a little time, but AYSO families know their children’s safety is worth it.

Child Protection

The child protection aspect is intended to prevent child abuse, promote education and awareness, enforce policies and screen and train volunteers. It includes proactive steps that promote a positive, healthy environment for children.

Volunteer Protection

Volunteer protection comes into play as a result of volunteer training, certification and continuing education. The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 provides certain legal protections for volunteers who have been trained and certified and act in accordance with a written job description. Safe Haven(r) includes these three elements, giving volunteers the highest degree of protection available under the law.

A Cycle of Prevention

There are eight elements in the Safe Haven Prevention Cycle. These are proactive steps that promote a positive, healthy environment for child development.

  • Foster Meaningful Relationships
  • Make Kids Full Participants
  • Promote Ethical Behavior
  • Model and Teach Conflict Resolution
  • Encourage Kids to Speak Out
  • Cultivate Kids’ Self Images
  • Implant Excellence in Individual Achievement
  • Keen Things FUN!

A Cycle of Intervention

There are four elements in the Safe Have Intervention Cycle. These are intended to stop child abuse.

  • Promote Education and Awareness
  • Enforce Policies
  • Screen Volunteers
  • Train Volunteers

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PO Box 567 
Truckee, California 96160

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