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Over the past six months, the Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF) has participated in the UEFA child safeguarding mentoring programme. This pilot project, which was implemented with the support of the international children’s aid organisation…
Following several safeguarding concerns in sport and physical activity, this conference will support senior leaders to create a safe culture About this event Sport England, The Football Association and the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit…
The Football Federation of Armenia (FFA) is one of the eleven UEFA member associations that were selected to participate in the UEFA child safeguarding mentoring programme. UEFA and Terre des hommes (Tdh) launched the six-month long pilot programme…
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…
The Romanian Football Federation launched this April the National Football Academy (NFA), which aims to become the most significant provider of educational programs in sports in Romania. The Academy plans to build capacity through specialised…
From October 2020 to March 2021, UEFA and Terre des hommes ran three in-depth child safeguarding workshops for national football associations. A total of 54 national associations enrolled specialists, child safeguarding focal points, in the…
The Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA) has taken the initiative to translate the child safeguarding online courses developed by UEFA and Terre des hommes into Dutch. This allows them to promote the e-learnings in the Belgian Football clubs,…
FIFA Guardians™ develops first-ever global safeguarding in sport education programme New FIFA Guardians Safeguarding in Sport Diploma aims to professionalise the role of safeguarding officers and raise safeguarding standards Programme available…
The Liechtenstein Football Association and the Liechtenstein Olympic Committee are committed to continuously focus strongly on the issue of child safeguarding. To this end, the two sports associations have now signed a declaration of commitment. …
Join a series of webinars organised by the Council of Europe to find out how different countries in Europe have set up their child safeguarding strategies and roles. Effective child safeguarding policies are essential to prevent and respond to any…
The UEFA child safeguarding platform has recently undergone a few changes.  From now on, all learners who complete an online course on this platform will receive a certificate. Previously, only users with a UEFA, national football association or…
The protection of children in football is a priority at international and national level, and the need to implement a child safeguarding policy in the football environment is promoted. Every child has the right to practice football in a safe and…
A wide range of programmes ensure UEFA continues to encourage new players to take up the sport. We look at six key initiatives. UEFA will invest €44 million into grassroots football development over the next four years, providing its national…
From 10 to 14 August 2020, 48 volunteer leaders and coaches from the Open Fun Football Schools in Moldova participated in two seminars, organised in cooperation with the Moldovan Football Federation, Cross Cultures, General Police Inspectorate of…
Children have the right to participate in sport in a safe and enjoyable environment. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The International Safeguards for Children in Sport initiative declared 8 August to be Safer Sport Day, aiming to raise…
Keeping Children Safe 2020 Summit will take place between 5 and 9 October 2020. Register today and join global child safeguarding practitioners, academics and experts to get immersed in the latest research. Find answers to challenges you face.…
Following the recent launch of the #SafeHome campaign, a joint initiative by FIFA, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission to support women and children at risk of domestic violence, FIFA representatives joined leading policy…
This article by Richard Bush "sets out the key aspects of the FIFA Guardians toolkit, providing some commentary on the document and some further steps that international governing bodies might see fit to take in respect of safeguarding and child…
To "keep children safe in sports" means to prevent and respond to any form by which the child can be negatively affected – emotionally, verbally or physically – during physical training or when they practice performance or recreational sports. Terre…
In October 2019, Terre des hommes (Tdh) launched a unique European project, aimed at promoting child safeguarding policies in sports settings in Romania and Greece, as a means to protect and safeguard children. Through this project, Tdh has…
Sport must be a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for all children, especially to achieve protection outcomes in sport for development projects. We love sport! It is not an exaggeration when we say that the majority of humans love sport and…
Children face violence and abuse everyday; every fourth girl in Jamaica and every fifth girl in Europe has been a victim of sexual harassment. Unfortunately, sport is one of the most common areas where violence against and abuse of children takes…
The article below was written by Maddie Grounds, content writer for the Immigration Advice Service, an organisation of immigration solicitors that help undocumented migrants to regulate their status in the UK.  The views expressed are that of the…
Kupakwashe Desmond Mukurumbira, Board Member of UNICEF, has written a piece on key relationships in safeguarding in sports. It outlines seven key relationships which safeguarding in sport experts should understand, manage and develop for successful…
The European week of sports celebrates its 5th edition this year; and 2019 brings a success story – after a long struggle with documentation, the first refugee in Greece got the official authorisation to play professional football. However, many of…
Soccer chief Gordon Taylor was told of horrific child abuse 20 years ago by a victim of football scout Eddie Heath, but wrote back telling him to ‘seek counselling’. Non-recent child abuse, sometimes called historical abuse, is when an adult was…
Terre des hommes Moldova provided training on child protection systems and safeguarding policy in sports during a seminar for teachers, leaders, and coaches under the ‘Open Fun Football Schools’ (OFFS) project and ‘Sport - School – Police’ (SSP)…
A report by Charles Geekie QC said chief scout Eddie Heath had groomed and attacked boys, aged 10 to 17, in the 1970s and it alleges that Chelesea officials must have "turned a blind eye to what they saw". Chelsea have now apologised “unreservedly”…
BBC Sports reports that UEFA has contacted the Scottish FA about historic child sexual abuse. The SFA in turn has commissioned an independent review into the matter in 2017 which came back with 100 recommendations. UEFA made a statement that they…
Bob Higgins, 66, from Southampton, was found guilty last year of one count of indecent assault, and a further 45 counts in a retrial at Bournemouth Crown Court. The trials heard that Higgins abused his position of power over young players to take…
The safeguarding framework is an overarching approach to safeguarding children in and through sport. The framework incorporates: standards, support, progress and evaluation The framework consists of five standards that a sports organisation should…
Roman Bürki, Terre des hommes ambassador and goalkeeper of the German football club Borussia Dortmund, visited Romania from 22 to 24 May 2019 to get acquainted with Terre des hommes’ projects and to promote the need to keep children safe in sport…
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…
In early 2018, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and Terre des hommes (Tdh) launched a partnership aimed at strengthening UEFA's commitment to making football a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for all children across Europe…
As the World Cup was launched an NGO started a campaign to draw attention to the issue of domestic violence. "Women experience violence and abuse at the hands of their partners every day, not just when football is on TV", the spot says.  This…
As UEFA partners, Terre des hommes participated in the UEFA Champions Festival, which took place in Kyiv, Ukraine, from May 24 until 27. The UEFA Champions Festival is an annual event held in the host city of the UEFA Champions League Final in the…
The IWF has partnered with Everton Football Club to help make the Internet a safer place. The IWF is an independent, non-profit organisation that works internationally to stop the revictimization of child sexual abuse victims and to make the…
The article takes an article from the Independent that claims football is not rife with child abusers, and tries to uncover the facts behind the article. It also examines the policy and regularory framework around it as well as professional…
Child protection expert Celia Brackenridge says UK sport was beset by a culture of ignorance and denial until the 1990s but it now sets the gold standard. In a neatly maintained archive of papers held in the library at Brunel University, the…
The UK Football Association has published a full Terms of Reference for its review into historic child sexual abuse allegations in football. In the article the full ToR can be found.
The dark secret at the heart of British football - we ask why it took so long for the child sex abuse scandal to come to light.
A former England international who says he was a victim of abuse as a child has explained why he has decided to talk publicly about his ordeal. Paul Stewart, 52, told BBC sports editor Dan Roan it had been a taboo subject - and he did not know where…
The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme speaks to former footballers Chris Unsworth, Jason Dunford, Steve Walters and Andy Woodward, who all claim to have been sexually abused by former coach Barry Bennell. Bennell, 62, was jailed in 1998 for sex…
‘Thomson Reuters Foundation’ published an article of Terre des hommes Lausanne- in collaboration with Terre des hommes International Federation about the effect worldwide sporting events can have on children. It recalls that the resettlement of…
‘UNICEF’ reports on its website that in an event at Camp Nou, the stadium of legendary football team FC Barcelona (FBC), the FC Barcelona Foundation and UNICEF reaffirmed their promise to work together to improve the lives of millions of children…
‘Public Sevice’ reports that Euro 2012 and London Olympics could be fertile ground for gangs of trafficked children, forced to pick pockets and beg. An increase of demand in the sex industry is also expected – warns Catherine Bearder is a British…