Mountain Park Athletic Association recognizes that adolescent athletes are particularly vulnerable to the effects of concussions.
In compliance with the passage of House Bill 284, and to ensure the ongoing safety of our youth athletes, the following protocols will be effective January 1, 2014:
A. Prior to the beginning of each athletic season, an informational sheet emphasizing the risks of concussions shall be distributed to the parents/guardians of all youth athletes (ages 7 to 18).
B. Any youth athlete who participates in youth athletics and exhibits signs of a concussion must be removed from the game, practice, competition or tryout and be evaluated by a healthcare provider.**
C. Any youth athlete who is deemed by a healthcare provider as sustaining a concussion shall not be permitted to return to play until he/she receives clearance from a health care provider for a full or graduated return to play.
Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation has provided this training for all athletic associations so we are aware of what, when and how to handle the suspicion of Child Abuse, as a Volunteer.
Below is the link that will take you the Suspicion of Child Abuse training video.
It is Free and all volunteers need to complete the course…it lasts about 45 minutes or less.
Child Abuse Reporting (Mandatory for all employees and volunteers)
If a child is in immediate danger (obviously being beaten or left alone overnight, for example) the police should be contacted immediately:
- The employee or volunteer should dial 911 immediately.
- Once the police have been contacted, the employee or volunteer should notify the supervisor of the facility.
- The supervisor will notify the Division Director, who will then notify the Department Director.
- The supervisor will complete a written Report of Suspected Child Abuse/Neglect and turn in to the Division Director within 24 hours of notifying police. The Division Director will then send this form to Tammy Gibson.
In situations where there is no immediate danger:
- The employee or volunteer should notify the supervisor of the facility.
- The supervisor will complete a written Report of Suspected Child Abuse/Neglect and turn in to the Division Director within 24 hours of learning of suspected abuse.
- The Division Director will contact the Gwinnett Department of Family and Children Services at 678.518.5630 (after hours, call 1.855.422.4453 [between 5:00pm and 8:30am]).
- The Division Director will then send the “Report of Suspected Child Abuse” form to the Tammy Gibson.
People who call to report suspected abuse do not have to be sure maltreatment has occurred; they simply report what they have seen/heard. The authorities will investigate and confirm whether or not abuse has occurred. People who call are asked to give the name and location of the child and the name of the suspected perpetrator. Reports are confidential and those who call do not have to give their name.