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Kidsafe Risk Management Program

As an affiliate of the United States Youth Soccer Association, DC Stoddert Soccer (DCST) follows a "KIDSAFE Program" to identify any adult (18 years or older) who, because of his/her conduct, should not be allowed to participate in the soccer program and have contact with children. Under the KIDSAFE program, persons who hold a formal position, paid or volunteer, in DCST such as coach, assistant coach, team manager, referee, board member, are required to respond to a questionnaire that asks whether he/she has ever been arrested or convicted of sexual abuse, physical abuse, exploitation of a minor, currently uses illegal drugs, is subject to a restraining order or civil action relating to child, or domestic abuse or violence. Any person whose response indicates that he/she has been convicted of abuse or exploitation of a minor will automatically be barred from  participating in the soccer program. DCST will make a case-by-case determination whether to prohibit a person who answers any other part of the questionnaire affirmatively from participating in the soccer program. It is important for parents to understand the limitations of the KIDSAFE program. DCST relies exclusively on the responses to the questionnaires and background checks provided through an independent national background check company on any adult participant in the soccer program. DCST’s actions are limited to collection of completed questionnaires, processing the background checks and, in the event of an affirmative response, deciding what, if any, action is warranted. Other than as set forth above, an affirmative response is not an automatic bar to participation in DCST.

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