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Report A Concern

mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse to law enforcement


Report A Concern | US Center for SafeSport     |     US Soccer SafeSoccer

Pursuant to the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (the “SafeSport Act”), which amended the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990, all mandatory reporters are required to report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours to the local law enforcement agency or local child protective services agency that has jurisdiction to investigate reports of child abuse or to protect child abuse victims, or to the FBI. This requirement applies to, among others, all Covered Personnel as described in Ohio South Youth Soccer Bylaw 12.

Specifically, the definition of mandatory reporter now includes any “adult who is authorized, by a national governing body, a member of a national governing body, or an amateur sports organization that participates in interstate or international amateur athletic competition, to interact with a minor or amateur athlete at an amateur sports organization facility or at any event sanctioned by a national governing body, a member of a national governing body, or such an amateur sports organization.”

The reporting obligation is triggered when a mandatory reporter becomes aware of “facts that give reason to suspect” a child has suffered an incident of child abuse. Child abuse includes physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, or negligent treatment of a child.

Sexual abuse is defined to include the employment, use, persuasion, inducement, enticement, or coercion of a child to engage in, or assist another person to engage in, sexually explicit conduct or the rape, molestation, prostitution, or other form of sexual exploitation of children or incest with children.

Mental injury means harm to a child’s psychological or intellectual functioning which may be exhibited by severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal or outward aggressive behavior, or a combination of those behaviors, which may be demonstrated by a change in behavior, emotional response or cognition.

If you make a report to law enforcement consistent with this section, please also report a concern via either the US Center for SafeSport website or the US Soccer SafeSoccer website, as instructed.

These obligations are in addition to any state or local law requirements that an individual may have in a particular jurisdiction. The Child Welfare Information Gateway State Statutes Search may be helpful.

Reports may be made anonymously, and there is no direct fee or cost involved in making a report. Due to the nature of certain claims, Ohio South Youth Soccer may be limited with respect to the actions it may be able to take in response to a report if the individual submitting the report does not wish to make his or her identity known.

Ohio South Youth Soccer does not tolerate retaliation of any kind. No individual who makes a good-faith report of misconduct will be subject to retaliation or any adverse employment consequence as a result of making a report.

Please report competition and other related issues separately to the Ohio South office.