Child safeguarding

UEFA Online course: Awareness raising on child safeguarding in football

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

FIFA Guardians continues momentum with PACE child safeguarding and protection panel

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.

FIFA Guardians and why international federations should play a greater role in safeguarding sport

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:

Procedures for engaging online with under-18s for coaches/managers [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 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.

In Romania and Greece, Terre des hommes creates a safe environment for children in sports

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 des hommes (Tdh) has launched in October 2019 a unique European project, aimed to promote child safeguarding policies in sports settings in Romania and Greece, as a means to protect and safeguard children.

Child safeguarding toolkit for UEFA member associations (FULL)

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 many national associations have already introduced good policies, procedures and training, and builds on extensive consultation with national associations and experts.

Six months into the "Keeping children safe in sports" project, carried out by Terre des hommes in Romania and Greece

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 committed to make sure that children and young people benefit from special safeguarding policies when practicing various sports. This is how the project activities began and how they evolved.