Supportive environments positively impact participation, performance, and personal development of young football players. Since 2020, the UEFA Social & Environmental Sustainability Division has taken significant strides in relation to good governance and human rights, including child rights. All UEFA member associations have a designated child and youth protection officer in place and whilst more than half of the associations have a policy, others are working towards this goal.
Webinar summary: The profile of under-18s and how to communicate effectively with them in football settings
Adults working with children and young people in football are responsible for ensuring a safe, and empowering environment for all children and youth to play football. This includes planning developmentally appropriate and inclusive opportunities to play and enjoy the game.
Children have the right to freely express their views and participate in decisions that affect their lives (Art. 12 and 13 of the Convention in the Rights of the Child). Adults working with children in football therefore have a responsibility to encourage and support children’s participation. This includes efforts to keep children and youth safe while involved in football.
What is the webinar about?
Children have the right to freely express their views and participate in decisions that affect their lives (Art. 12 and 13 of the Convention in the Rights of the Child).
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.
In the fight to protect children from sexual abuse, authorities and sports organisations are becoming more aware of the need to put necessary measures in place to provide a safe environment for young athletes.
See something, do something! Responding to harassment and abuse in sport. A Safe Sport Allies international webinar
"Everybody in the gym saw it, but no one did anything! I was so confused." (a survivor)
Sports professionals from Europe are invited at an international webinar about responding to harassment and abuse in sport. This is a Safe Sport Allies international webinar.
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.