Tackling Child Abuse in Sport

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Tackling Child Abuse in Sport

Keeping Children Safe is at the forefront making sure that sports are safe for children.
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We have helped shape the International Safeguards for Children in Sport, in partnership with a number of organisations, including Beyond Sport, the Caribbean Sport and Development Agency, Comic Relief, the Child Protection in Sport Unit (NSPCC), the Commonwealth Secretariat, International Inspiration, the Swiss Academy for Development/sportanddev.org, Right to Play, UK Sport, UNICEF UK and Women Win.

The eight safeguards create a safe sporting environment for children wherever they participate and at whatever level. They provide guidance to sports providers and promote good practice for sporting organisations to follow and challenge practice that is harmful to children.The Safeguards were launched at the Beyond Sport summit in Johannesburg in October 2014, by South Africa National Soccer Player and Jockey South Africa ambassador, Amanda Dlamini.

KCS has also supported a research initiative on the impact of mega-sporting events on children. We provided guidance for researching the impact of the World Cup in Brazil on children so that their experiences could be sought and recorded in a manner which did not expose them to harm.

KCS has partnered with a number of organisations to help make sports safer for children:

  • The International Sport for Development Unit of the Australian Sports Commission contracted KCS to strengthen the child safeguarding capacity of the Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP). ASOP is active in Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji, Nauru and Kiribati.
  • KCS was invited to deliver a child safeguarding workshop at the Laureus Sport for Good Summit, 2016 in Sinsheim, Germany. Participants especially appreciated the practical advice and tools. “Your workshop was really amazing,” wrote Michaela Portele of Kick mit Austria.
  • UK Sport also contracted KCS to deliver a child safeguarding workshop for sports federations from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Seychelles, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and the UK. They represent a variety of sports, including Triathlon, Netball, Cycling and Rowing.

At KCS we are committed to doing all we can to make sure that children engaged in sports around the world are protected from abuse and exploitation.

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