Police Vulnerable Sector Check (Northumberland Minor Hockey)

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Vulnerable Sector Check Policy

Northumberland Minor Hockey Association accepts that it has a significant responsibility to protect its vulnerable members.

The below policy is in accordance with the OMHA and OHF rules and regulations governing volunteer screening.
For all Executive Board members, convenors, coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, assistant trainers, managers and on ice volunteers (18 years and older) with NMHA, a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) is mandatory.

NMHA - Vulnerable Sector Check

As a condition of being accepted as a volunteer with the Northumberland Minor Hockey Association, applicants will be required to obtain a Police Vulnerable Sector Check. 

Below is a link to our NMHA VSC Letter which will allow you to submit for a VSC

Vulnerable Sector Check Letter

All volunteers are required to apply for their own VSC. 
Applicants must apply with the police service where they reside.

Port Hope Police - VSC


Cobourg Police - VSC

Each applicant will then receive an electronic response form (pdf file) from the police department.

Once the applicant has received their vulnerable sector check from the police or opp (depending on their residence) they will then need to complete the application and upload process on the OHF site found here https://www.ohf.on.ca/risk-management/ohf-vulnerable-sector-checks/
The process for the Vulnerable Sector Checks will now be centralized and conducted by the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) for all Team Officials and Team Personnel for the 2024-25 season and following seasons.

As per OMHA regulations, a police check is valid for period of three years.
For each year after the police check a declaration form is required.

The VSC Declaration can be requested from Risk Management.

Year 1 - Valid VSC
Year 2 - Declaration
Year 3 - Declaration
Year 4 - New VSC required 

Individuals with outstanding Criminal Code convictions, five years or more recent, or charges pending for certain offences, will not be accepted for one of the above listed positions.

These offences include, but are not limited to the following:
Five years or more recent:
• Assault
• Threatening
• Possession of a Substance as defined in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (C.D.S.A.)
• Impaired Driving (while Driver’s Licence is suspended)
• Theft, Fraud and Related Offence (while in a Position of Financial Trust)

Individuals with outstanding Criminal Code convictions or charges pending for the following offences will not be considered for one of the above listed positions.
• Assault with a Weapon • Assault Causing Bodily Harm • Aggravated Assault • Sexual Assault • Sexual Exploitation • Sexual Interference • Invitation to Sexual Touching • Child Pornography • Luring a Child • Voyeurism • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking • Production of a Substance (as defined in the C.D.S.A.) • Robbery • Use of a Firearm in the Commission of an Offence • Firearm Related Offences (with the exception of Unsafe Storage)

Applicants may be rejected as a result of other information gained during the police vulnerable sector check process or through the screening process as a whole, or as a consequence of other factors. If this happens, the applicant has the right to know why he/she is being refused, and may appeal to the Executive in writing for a review of their record.

Coaches and Bench Staff:

The process for the Vulnerable Sector Checks will now be centralized and conducted by the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) for all Team Officials and Team Personnel for the 2024-25 season.

Eligibility to be Rostered:

It is imperative for all Team Officials to ensure their Vulnerable Sector Check is complete to be eligible to programs on and off the ice. This includes a valid Vulnerable Sector Check and the OHF Screening Declaration Form.

Before entering the OHF Screening Submission Portal, please ensure you are ready with the necessary documentation.
You will need your:

·       Hockey Canada Registry (HCR) Number; AND

·       Vulnerable Sector Check (PDF) AND OHF Screening Declaration Form (PDF)OR

·       Receipt of Vulnerable Sector Check (PDF) AND OHF Screening Declaration Form(PDF);

Please Note:

1.     All documents must be in PDF format to be accepted.

2.     For the 2024-25 season, the OHF will be accepting copies of a Vulnerable Sector Check from
  2022-23 or 2023-24 AND OHF Screening Declaration Form (PDF).

Full screening process details are available at https://ohf.on.ca/risk-management/ohf-vulnerable- sector-checks/