One legislator says Sports Minister Hon. Osbourne Bodden isn’t doing enough to safeguard children from predatory coaches, while a spokesperson says the Ministry has crafted a new policy to do just that.
West Bay MLA Hon. Bernie Bush says Government must play a role in preventing coaches from sexually abusing young athletes. His statements come on a heels of two male coaches being charged in the last three years of sex crimes with a minor.
“What the Minister should be doing is what I asked him to do in Parliament — and that is to develop some kind of policy to protect our children from molesters and not leave it in the hands of our sporting associations, who have lots of work,” Mr. Bush said. “And a lot of them don’t know exactly how to do it. And, as he said, he would leave it in the associations. Once again, not protecting our children.”
A spokesperson from the Sports Ministry says the Ministry has developed a policy that meets the requirements of the Children Law.
He says the policy was crafted with input from the department of children and family services and one sports association leader.
Ministry representatives are set to share the policy next month with all sports association’s that receive government funding for feedback and to make any changes where necessary.