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
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (UK) has developed sample codes of conduct that can be downloaded, printed and used.
NSPCC
These Standards provide a framework for all those involved in sport to help them create a safe sporting environment for children and young people and protect them from harm. The Standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport (PDF) also…
UNICEF
UNICEF has published a step-by-step guidance for businesses on how to set up their onw, internal child safeguarding policies, in order to ensure the safety and rights of children that come into contact wiht the organisation or its products and…
Council of Europe
Sexual abuse happens in sport too. It is hard for children to talk. Video clip to call public authorities and the sport movement to give children a voice and stop child sexual abuse in sport. Produced by the Council of Europe with the support of the…
Council of Europe
Sexual abuse happens in sport too. It is hard for children to talk. Video clip to call public authorities and the sport movement to give children a voice and stop child sexual abuse in sport. Produced by the Council of Europe with the support of the…
English Football Association
A collection of documents that constitute the FA safeguarding policies and procedures, including: Affiliated Football's Safeguarding Policy and Procedures Grassroots Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures Template - Clun Safeguarding…
Council of Europe
"Start to talk” is a Council of Europe call for action to public authorities and the sport movement to stop child sexual abuse. By joining this call, governments, sport clubs, associations and federations, as well as athletes and coaches, pledge to…
Council of Europe
The Council of Europe Standing Committee on Spectator Violence (the standing committee) believes that a multi-year policy strategy is needed to set out a coherent roadmap for the mid-term. The standing committee decided to assess the implementation…
Council of Europe
This training kit provides information and training content to help those in positions of influence in the field of sport to prevent and react to situations of potential sexual violence in sport. It aims to help trainers / instructors, sport…
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
ABSTRACT Sexual violence against children in sports receives little research attention. The aim of this Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses-based systematic literature review was to synthesize the up-to-date knowledge…
Edge Hill University
In this video, Dr Mike Hartill, Reader in the Sociology of Sport at Edge Hill University, discusses his research into child sexual exploitation in sport and the prevention of it. He also talks about his work with the VOICE project, through which he…
The Hub from High Speed Training published guidance to safeguarding children in sport, by Katie Martinelli. It covers health and safety, protection from abuse, DBS checks, Insurance and Reporting Concerns.
UNICEF and the Olympic Committee for Children with Disabilities signed a co-operation agreement on the inclusion of children with disabilities in sports activities. This cooperation agreement provides comprehensive and inclusive sports activities,…
Swiss football association
Learn more about the Swiss Football Association safeguarding tools of all stakeholders implicated in football practice, training, and/or management. You can find videos, flyers, and guidelines for child, staff and coach safeguarding in football.
The Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights
Executive Summary This White Paper examines the manifold risks of mega-sporting events (MSEs) to children. It reviews the impact that MSEs can have on the development and the rights of children in the country or city where an MSE is taking place,…
LawInSport
Published by LawInSport The article provides 10 tips on how to keep children and vulnerable adults safe in sports. This includes making safeguarding a priority, conducting an honest assessment, and embedding a culture of safeguarding. For more,…
NSPCC
Dr Camilla Knight describes the critical roles that parents play in supporting their children through their sporting journey. This includes the emotional support parents offer as children learn about winning and losing and ensuring they are a…
Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
The full article is only available after purchase. Abstract This paper (re)tells the story of a sports coach who was accused of emotional abuse of a child athlete and, following an investigation by his club, cleared of the allegation. Accounts of…
Florian Kiuppis, Tandf online
What does Inclusion in Sport really mean? This article highlights important pillars and guidelines for inclusion.
NSPCC
Discover how sports coaches can engage, communicate and understand the positive contributions that parents can play in sport. From how best work with parents to, how to involve parents and recognise their involve is a positive factor in their child’…
European Commission
This study provides an overview of the legal and policy frameworks, describes initiatives promoted by sport and civil society organisations, identifies best practice in combatting gender-based violence in sport and makes recommendations for future…
European Union
An expert group (XG) on Good Governance was set up in 2015 to produce recommendations on this key topic. The XG held its first meeting on 16 October 20214 and began its work on the protection of minors deliverable on 23 February 2016, followed by…
European Commission
An expert group (XG) on Good Governance was set up in 2015 to produce recommendations on this key topic. The XG held its first meeting on 16 October 20214 and began its work on the protection of minors deliverable on 23 February 2016, followed by…
European Union
The aim of this study is to provide an analytical overview of the types of sports related projects and interventions used to support the social inclusion of migrants and to identify best practice in their design, implementation and measurement. The…
European Commission
The aim of this study is to provide an analytical overview of the types of sports related projects and interventions used to support the social inclusion of migrants and to identify best practice in their design, implementation and measurement. The…
English Football Association
Introduction /extract from the document   This 10 point checklist aims to help you and your club create safe and enjoyable activities for Children and Young People (CYP). It will guide you through the different safeguards that need to be put in…
English Football Association
As part of the FA safeguarding children strategy, The FA requires those working in eligible roles with children and young people to pass a criminal records check. This is in line with legislation and government guidance and is standard practice.  …
Terre des hommes
Movement, Games and Sport is a non-formal methodology of education, developed by Terre des hommes Foundation, that aims to develop the professional and personal competences of the animator,  in order to increase the psychosocial and emotional…
The International Safeguarding Children in Sport Working Group
This document details eight safeguards that should be put in place by any organisation providing sports activities to children and young people. Reflecting international legal and child protection standards and good practice, these Safeguards have…
UNESCO
The International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport  is a rights-based reference that orients and supports policy- and decision-making in sport. Adopted in 1978, the original Charter was perceived as innovative at the time…
Terre des hommes
Terre des hommes (Tdh) is the leading Swiss organisation for children’s aid. Through our health, protection and emergency relief programmes, Tdh provide assistance to over four million children and their families in more than 40 countries each year…
Keeping Children Safe
The first Child Safeguarding Standards were launched over 12 years ago by a coalition of relief and development charities that later became known as Keeping Children Safe. Since then there has been a growing recognition that, as well as risks to…
NSPCC
'It's our game, not yours' This video shows several children involved in different sports describing how the behaviour of parents and spectators deteriorates when they wear their ‘magic sports kit’ – that is, when they compete. The young people…
Brunel University London
This review was commissioned by the Child Abuse Programme (CAP) of Oak Foundation, a large international philanthropic organisation. It forms part of CAP’s effort to win societal rejection of practices such as the sexual exploitation of children and…
Quest
Full publication is only available for purchase Abstract When the sexual abuse of children is revealed, it is often found that other nonabusing adults were aware of the abuse but failed to act. During the past twenty years or so, the concealment…
Sport, Education and Society
The full article is only available after purchase. Abstract This text introduces recently completed research on ‘no touch’ sports coaching, by placing it in a broader social context which problematises the way child abuse and child protection (or…
Sport respects your rights UK
Sport Respects Your Rights is a project based at Edge Hill University aimed at promoting awareness around sexual violence, abuse and exploitation in sport. Project owners want to help reduce the stigma around sexual abuse, and promote safe sports to…
UNICEF
UNICEF has long recognized that there is great value in children’s sport and play, and has been a consistent proponent of these activities in its international development and child protection work. Health, educational achievement and social…
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
The full article is only available after purchase. Abstract The disclosure of sexual abuse in the world of sports is a process that has not been widely documented. This article presents the results of a document analysis of sport organization…
Sport, Education and Society
The full article is only available after purchase. Abstract Sexual harassment in sport has become an active research field within the past decade yet we know relatively little about the characteristics of the harassing coach. How are harassing…
Journal of Sexual Agression
The full article is only available after purchase. Abstract Sexual harassment research was first undertaken in the workplace and educational settings. Research on sexual harassment in sport is scarce but has grown steadily since the mid-1980s.…
Sport, Education and Society
The publication in full is only available after purchase. Abstract Through feminist research in the study of sport, the issue of child sexual abuse has been driven onto the agenda of sports organisations, resulting in considerable practical reform…
Council of Europe, European Union
The Council of Europe has put together guidance and examples of Code of Conduct in sports.   "Guiding principle One of the most popular instruments to protect children’s safety in sport is the code of conduct for all people involved in sport.…