Sports

[International] Safeguarding the Rights of Children in Sports on World Children’s Day

Children face violence and abuse everyday; every fourth girl in Jamaica and every fifth girl in Europe has been a victim of sexual harassment. Unfortunately, sport is one of the most common areas where violence against and abuse of children takes place.

Karen Madden gives some of the reasons why sport provides a space for violence and abuse:

[International] Seven Key Relationships in the Safeguarding in Sport Movement

Kupakwashe Desmond Mukurumbira, Board Member of UNICEF, has written a piece on key relationships in safeguarding in sports. It outlines seven key relationships which safeguarding in sport experts should understand, manage and develop for successful formulation and implementation of safeguarding in sports initiatives.

1. Sport Organisation to Sport Organisation: for example, relations between national sports federations with regional, continental and international federations.

[European Union] Child abuse in sport and the progress made towards eradicating it

Child protection expert Celia Brackenridge says UK sport was beset by a culture of ignorance and denial until the 1990s but it now sets the gold standard. In a neatly maintained archive of papers held in the library at Brunel University, the pioneering campaigner for action to prevent sexual abuse in sport Prof Celia Brackenridge compiled a catalogue of horrific cases that came to court in the 1990s. Included in the files is a note on the Channel 4 Dispatches programme that in 1997 exposed several instances of abuse in football.

[European Union] Footballers speak out over sexual abuse - BBC News

The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme speaks to former footballers Chris Unsworth, Jason Dunford, Steve Walters and Andy Woodward, who all claim to have been sexually abused by former coach Barry Bennell. Bennell, 62, was jailed in 1998 for sex offences against children and was imprisoned again last year. Crewe Alexandra and Manchester City - where Bennell worked as a coach - have begun internal investigations.

[Europe] UEFA’s Commitment to Safeguarding Children

In early 2018, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and Terre des hommes (Tdh) launched a partnership aimed at strengthening UEFA's commitment to making football a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for all children across Europe.

Tdh is committed to making significant and lasting improvements to the lives of the most vulnerable children worldwide. In 2018, it provided assistance to over 4 million children and members of their communities, in more than 40 countries, through health, protection and emergency relief programmes.

[United Kingdom] Everton Football Club Supports the #IWFreport Campaign

The IWF has partnered with Everton Football Club to help make the Internet a safer place. The IWF is an independent, non-profit organisation that works internationally to stop the revictimization of child sexual abuse victims and to make the Internet a safer place. We provide the UK Hotline for reporting child sexual abuse content. Our expert analysts assess more than 1,000 webpages containing illicit content every week, and help victims by removing and stopping the upload and sharing of these images on the web.