To ensure the safety of both children and volunteers, each volunteer is required to take a short in-person or online training session called Safe Haven™. It focuses on safety and appropriate behavior with children as well as first aid and other on-field issues. Agreeing to a background check is also required for each volunteer. Becoming Safe Haven™ certified may take a little time, but AYSO families know their children's safety is worth it.
Safe Haven™ is both a child and volunteer protection program. It was the first of its kind in youth sports. The child protection aspect is intended to prevent child abuse, promote education and awareness, enforce policies and screen and train volunteers. It includes proactive steps that promote a positive, healthy environment for children.
Safe Haven™ training can be taken as part of the in-person coach training program, or through AYSO’s on-line training program. You must complete the volunteer registration process before you can take Safe Haven™ training.