Info sheet: Definitions of abuse and harm. Recognising signs and symptoms [UEFA]

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Most children benefit greatly from their involvement in games. Nevertheless, in football, as in any other sport, children may be abused or harmed, irrespective of their age, gender, race, culture, religion, ability or sexual orientation.

Although football child abuse scandals reported in the press have focused on sexual abuse, it is important to understand that this is not the only form of abuse that children may experience.

This information sheet sets out the different types of abuse and gives examples of how they might be recognised in a football setting. It also outlines some signs that may indicate a child is experiencing abuse.

The document is part of the Child safeguarding toolkit for UEFA member associations