[Europe] UEFA’s commitment to safeguarding children; UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin on the importance of child safeguarding

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In early 2018, UEFA and Terre des hommes (Tdh) launched a partnership aimed at strengthening UEFA's commitment to make football a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for all children who are involved in football across Europe.

Tdh is committed to making significant and lasting improvements to the lives of the most vulnerable children worldwide. In 2018, it provided assistance to over 4 million children and members of their communities in more than 40 countries through health, protection and emergency relief programmes.

Tdh's work within the framework of the UEFA partnership will focus on raising awareness, training and educating national associations, coaches, instructors and any stakeholders involved in children’s football activities to create a positive safe environment and to also respond to any concerns that arise.


  • Raising awareness to prevent child abuse in football
  • Strengthening the capacity on child safeguarding in football
  • Ensuring effective policies, practices and procedures are in place to prevent harm occuring
  • Helping to create channels to identify and address any child safeguarding concerns that may arise


In 2017 alone, more than 160,000 professionals, including those active in sport, in more than 30 countries around the world, attended training courses on child protection provided by Tdh and its partners.