HVAA is deeply committed to improving the development and safety of youth athletes and participants involved in the community we serve. We have zero tolerance for abuse. Child abuse is defined as physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, or negligent treatment of a child. There are ways you can help stop child maltreatment if you suspect or know that a child is being abused or neglected. If an individual suspects a case of abuse, they should report it to the 24-hour hotline listed on the PA Department of Health KeepKidsSafe site, HVAA, and/or local law enforcement offices. Reporting can be kept confidential.
If any child is in immediate or serious danger, please call 911 immediately.
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In order to further protect the youth of our community, PA State Law requires that all employees or volunteers who come into contact with children complete a PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI Criminal Background Check, and to attend Mandated Reporter Training. All mandated reporters are required to report suspected abuse. View the PA Department of Health Guidance for Mandated Reporters:
Childhelp.org provides a 24-hour national child abuse hotline you can also call into to discuss or report any suspected abuse. They can also help look up and refer you to the local child abuse hotline.
Rainn.org is a 24-hour confidential hotline and live chat platform victims of abuse can call into for help.
On February 14, 2018, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was signed into law and became effective immediately. The legislation is available for download HERE. The U.S. Center for SafeSport can be viewed here: https://uscenterforsafesport.org/report-a-concern/