This online course was developed by Terre des hommes, within the "Keeping Children Safe in Sports" project. The project aims to promote child safeguarding in sports and summer camp settings in Romania and Greece, however, this knowledge can be applied in all other sport settings.
The Guide was produced in the framework of the "Keeping Children Safe in Sports" project. Its aim is to document the process of how sports organisations and summer camps can introduce and successfully implement child safeguarding policies within their organisations. The publication is based on interviews with Romanian and Greek professionals, who went through this process in the project.
This sample anti-bullying policy (PDF) developed by NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) provides an example of the procedures that should support sport organisation to ensure they are doing all they can to tackle bullying behaviour.
Sport organisations can use this sample to get an idea of the types of things they should be covering in their policy and use it to create their own.
In December 2021, the UAF Executive Committee approved the UAF Child Safeguarding Policy (under 18 years of age).
This policy confirms the desire of the Ukrainian Association of Football to create conditions for safe football and children’s participation in football-related activities, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, social origin, religion, ability or disability, etc.
The Football Association of Moldova (FAM) in partnership with Terre des hommes Moldova is implementing the project “SAFE FOOTBALL FOR CHILDREN IN MOLDOVA”, funded by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) under the UEFA Football and Social Responsibility Programme and the UEFA HatTrick Assistance Programme.
Safeguarding of children should be high on the agenda of every organisation that works with children.
The Royal Belgian Football association (RBFA), the regional federations Voetbal Vlaanderen and ACFF and the Pro League, the organisation of professional football, are aware of their important role to safeguard children who play football regardless of their level (amateur/elite).
The Turkish Football Federation translated the Child safeguarding toolkit for UEFA member associations. You can download the document here or below. The toolkit was developed by UEFA and Terre des hommes to help UEFA member associations protect and safeguard children from abuse and respond to any concerns.
The toolkit is built around 5 goals:
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, sports clubs and organisations have found themselves in a position of having to look at alternatives to face-to-face training and events. This has resulted in events and competitions taking place virtually.
I’m a survivor of childhood sexual abuse in football. Should I waive my anonymity? [The FA/ English Football Association]
The FA Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group (FASSSAG) has developed guidance (download below) to help adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in football come to a decision on whether to waive their anonymity or not. It is based on the lived experience of former footballers and is intended to help adult survivors come to a decision that’s not only right for them, but for those around them too.