Unicef UK has taken the lead in coordinating a group that is working to make sport safer for children all over the world. Children have the right to participate in sport in a safe and enjoyable environment. Unfortunately, we know that this is not always the case.

International Safeguards for Children in Sport (PDF) was launched at the Beyond Sport summit in Johannesburg in October 2014. It details eight safeguards that should be put in place by any organisation working with children in sport. These safeguards are already being piloted by organisations all over the world and are set to be adopted more widely.

The eight safeguards are:

  1. Developing Your Policy
  2. Procedures for Responding to Safeguarding Concerns
  3. Advice and Support
  4. Minimising Risks to Children
  5. Guidelines for Behaviour
  6. Recruiting, Training and Communicating
  7. Working with Partners
  8. Monitoring and Evaluation

View the full text of the International Safeguards for Children in Sport (PDF). An implementation guide for organisations who work with children is also available.

Watch Amanda Dlamini launch the safeguards at Beyond Sport, Johannesburg, 2014.

 
International Safeguarding Children in Sport Working Group © International Safeguarding Children in Sport Working Group
The International Safeguarding Children in Sport Working Group has drawn up eight safeguards for organisations working with children in sport.© International Safeguarding Children in Sport Working Group