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 continued the process begun in 2016 of building bridges between the worlds of sport and human rights, and supported the aims of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights.
This course provides in-depth training for those who require more specialised knowledge, such as child safeguarding focal points and or designated main contacts for child safeguarding who will be managing child-related concerns.
This awareness raising course on child safeguarding in football offers an induction to safeguarding and will be the starting point to reflect on how to keep children safe in football.
What topics does the course cover?
The course outlines key concepts in safeguarding and highlights our joint responsibility to make football a safe environment for children.
More specifically, it focuses on:
- Defining safeguarding in the context of football
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 the Republic of Moldova and Terre des hommes Moldova.
The International Safeguards for Children in Sport initiative declares 8 August to be Safer Sport Day
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 awareness of the need to make sport safe for children.
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. Discover new resources and advice from child safeguarding experts, activists and professionals working to end child abuse around the world. And meet the people you'd like to network with.
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 makers and youth ambassadors this week to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child protection and safeguarding.
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 protection. Specifically, it looks at:
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 the safeguarding principles remain the same. Retaining boundaries is just as important online as it is offline.
If you have a role in football then always make sure communications to children are relevant to your role – focus on the football, don’t share personal info or comments.
Sport must be a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for all children, especially to achieve protection outcomes in sport for development projects.