Library

In our library you will find sources of information related to child safeguarding in sports, and more specifically in European football, developed by UEFA and experts, its member associations and other stakeholders. These include a variety of resources and materials such as guides, policies, toolkits, research reports, etc.

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NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit 
Parents play an important role in their child’s sporting life, both when things are going well and by supporting them if something's wrong. The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) has updated the information for parents on its website.…
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 …
NSPCC
This animation has been produced to help anyone involved in delivering sport or activities to children and young people. It shows the difference between child protection and safeguarding in a sports setting and looks in more depth at how children…
Terre des hommes, Terre des hommes Romania
"Children need us to keep them safe while they do sports" - this is the message of the campaign carried out by Terre des hommes in Romania, within the European project Keeping Children Safe in Sports. Terre des hommes, together with its partners -…
Centre for Sport and Human Rights
In April 2020 the Centre for Sport and Human Rights led a call for experts and practitioners in child rights, protection, and safeguarding in sport to come together to consider the Sports-Related Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children. A paper…
Royal Belgian Football Association
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…
NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit 
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. The…
The FA
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…
Turkish Football Federation, UEFA, Terre des hommes
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…
Child Protection in Sport Unit NSPCC
This resource has been created to help sports organisations to positively and meaningfully engage with people who have lived experience of childhood sexual abuse. The information is based on the podcast “Learning from lived experience of childhood…
Centre for Sport and Human Rights
This paper focuses on the potential impacts of COVID-19 on children associated with sport. It was compiled based on the input of 37 experts and practitioners in the fields of child rights, protection, and safeguarding in sport. In addition to…
IICSA Research Team
Truth Project Thematic Report "Child sexual abuse in sports" presents the Inquiry’s (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) research findings about experiences of victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in sports and the response of…
NSPCC
The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) has released the recording of the webinar discussing sexual offending and the grooming and entrapment process, looking at what this means for the sporting environment and outlining actions…
English Football Association
The FA encourages the appropriate use of social media to help run your teams and leagues, communicate with players (via their parents/carers when under-16), and appoint referees, log results and much more. Whatever way we communicate with children…
UEFA, Terre des hommes
La boîte à outils sur la sauvegarde de l’enfance dans le football européen a été conçue par l’UEFA et Terre des hommes pour aider les associations membres de l’UEFA à protéger et à mettre en garde les enfants contre les abus ou les actes de violence…
UEFA, Terre des hommes
Пакет по защите детей в европейском футболе был разработан УЕФА в сотрудничестве с организацией Terre des hommes, чтобы помочь ассоциациям-членам УЕФА защитить и уберечь детей от ненадлежащего обращения и реагировать на возникающие проблемы.…
UEFA, Terre des hommes
The child safeguarding toolkit for European football 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 recognises that many national…
UEFA, Terre des hommes
Das Toolkit zum Kinderschutz im europäischen Fußball wurde von der UEFA und Terre des hommes entwickelt, um die UEFA-Mitgliedsverbände dabei zu unterstützen, Kinder vor Missbrauch zu schützen und auf auftretende Bedenken angemessen zu reagieren.…
UEFA
The child safeguarding toolkit for European football has been developed by UEFA and Terre des hommes to help national associations take measures to protect and safeguard children from abuse and respond to any concerns. The toolkit recognises that…
UEFA
This template Child safeguarding policy forms part of the Child safeguarding toolkit for UEFA member associations, in our efforts to support UEFA member associations in actions to safeguarding children. The policy outlines the guiding principles,…
English Football Association
LET'S MAKE FOOTBALL SAFE, NOT SORRY The FA guide to reporting concerns about child welfare Safeguarding children and young people is everyone’s responsibility. Clearly within football, The FA, as the game’s governing body in England, has a…
UEFA
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…
UEFA
Abuse and harm can occur anywhere, both within and outside the family and club/organisation. Children may be harmed or abused by professionals, volunteers, carers, family members and other children. Children can be harmed in many ways, and often…
UEFA
This form can be used to evaluate progress on implementing safeguarding procedures and processes. It is not an audit and should ideally be completed by the child safeguarding focal point, together with other club/organisation staff members. The form…
UEFA
A general risk assessment should be conducted every year. It aims to identify risks and the necessary actions to reduce or remove them. Conducting a regular risk assessment also helps to implement the child safeguarding policy – depending on the…
UEFA
The role of the child safeguarding focal point is critical to an environment where children of all ages and abilities can safely participate in football and have fun. However, this does not mean that the focal point has sole responsibility for the …
UEFA
The range and quality of football programmes for children would not exist without the time, skills and commitment of staff and volunteers. Ensuring that the right people are working for football organisations is a key part of creating an…
UEFA
Codes of conduct are important as they set out expected behaviours. They are more than a list of what can and cannot be done; they are a shared set of agreed and acceptable behaviours that help to create and maintain a positive, fun and safe…
UEFA
Codes of conduct are important as they set out expected behaviours. They are more than a list of what can and cannot be done; they are a shared set of agreed and acceptable behaviours that help to create and maintain a positive, fun and safe…
UEFA
This sample children’s behaviour code for away trips and other activities is intended to be a guide. Ideally, children should also be consulted about what is acceptable behaviour, as they are more likely to follow the rules if they have taken part…
UEFA
This is a sample form to obtain permission from parents for their children to take part in activities and trips or media activities. The template is part of the Child safeguarding toolkit for UEFA member associations. 
The medical form should be completed before the child leaves for a long trip or overnight event. It should be kept by the accompanying adults in case of an emergency and must be kept confidential. In some countries, children cannot be given…
UEFA
Ideally, clubs/organisations should develop a policy for the use of changing facilities and showers to reduce the risk of both child-to-child and adult-to-child misconduct or abuse. Children are particularly vulnerable in these areas as they are in…
UEFA
Travelling to away games and tournaments should be both safe and fun for children. Parents and carers will often worry when their children are away, but careful planning and preparation should help to ease those worries and demonstrate that you have…
UEFA
Although a general risk assessment should be conducted every year, it is always useful to conduct a risk assessment when there is a specific event, such as an overnight trip or a tournament, as it is likely that there will be particular issues to…
UEFA
Photographs, films, video clips and social media are a great way to publicise football activities and programmes. They can be used to celebrate achievements, promote activities and keep people updated. Footage might also be recorded for performance …
UEFA
This is a template for a referral form to report safeguarding incidents to outside organisations, such as the police or child protection services. If a referral is made by phone, a referral form should always be subsequently completed and sent, so…
Child Abuse Review
The artcile "The Child Protection in Sport Unit – Supporting National Governing Bodies in Hearing the Voices of Children: An Evaluation of Current Practice" by Suzanne Everley was published in Child Abuse Review (Vol.29. Iss.2), March/April 2020, pp…
UEFA
This is a sample referral flowchart. These flowcharts are useful to show the pathway to handle cases of concern. It should be adapted by clubs/organisations to reflect the national context and discussions with local child protection services. The…
UEFA
This form can be used to plan the actions required to meet minimum child safeguarding requirements and to further develop safeguarding procedures. It should be completed annually, but reviewed regularly (every three months is recommended). The…
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
This article by Lauren Reichart Smith and Ann Pegoraro, published in the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse (Vol.29, Iss.4), 2020, pp 373-392, analyses media framing of the Larry Nassar child sexual abuse case involving USA gymnastics and Michigan State…
Centre for Sport and Human Rights
The Sporting Chance Forum 2019 (SCF 2019) was convened on 21-22 November at the United Nations (UN) Palais des Nations in Geneva during the week that commemorated the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). SCF 2019…
Centre for Sport and Human Rights
The Sporting Chance Forum 2019 (SCF 2019) was convened on 21-22 November at the United Nations (UN) Palais des Nations in Geneva during the week that commemorated the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). SCF 2019…
Turkish Football Federation
Policies, procedures, and toolkit for child and adult safeguarding in football from the Turkish Football Federation. The policies and procedures were compiled based on a thorough revision of international legislation and frameworks. Attached…
FIFA
This is a toolkit developed by FIFA, for its member organisations in order to establish guiding principles and minimum rquirements that will help leaders and organisers in football to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for children. The toolkit…
The Irish FA
The Irish FA shares its safeguarding policy, the club booklet version of the policy and a poster for information, education, and awareness.
NSPCC
Self-Assessment Tool of the NSPCC's Child Protection in Sport Unit, in order for organisations to analyse whether they are doing everything to keep children and young people safe in sport.
UK Coaching
UK Coaching has put together a Code of Practice for coaches. The page also includes learning courses on the topic of safeguarding. Some content may only be available once subscribed.
Terre des hommes
Move Together project led to creating a community of practice that contributed to enhancing the necessary skills and knowledge in order to offer children and youngsters psych-social support with the help of sports and to raise their self-esteem and…
NSPCC
The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) has launched a series of podcasts to share safeguarding guidance and best practice. The first 2 episodes have been released as part of Parents in Sport Week 2018, featuring sports parents and…