“Child safeguarding in football” – Iris Hugo-Bouvier & Fanny Bellier

Football is the most popular participation sport in the world for kids— and for good reason. It’s fun and a great opportunity for children to make new friends, develop their technique, and learn valuable qualities such as fair play, teamwork, and commitment. Unfortunately, unsafe sports settings can put children at risk of neglect, physical, emotional and even sexual abuse.

UEFA and the Terre Des Hommes Foundation have joined forces on a child safeguarding project which includes a new policy, a child safeguarding toolkit, and a digital platform. This new set of resources underscore UEFA’s commitment to ensuring football is always a safe, positive and enjoyable experience.

UEFA’s Iris Hugo-Bouvier and Terre Des Hommes Foundation’s Fanny Bellier join SportWorks TALKS to share what their organizations are doing to promote child safeguarding in football. They discuss the situations which can put children at risk in sports, particularly football, and the strategic tools they have developed to mitigate these issues. It’s a tough but necessary conversation.

Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in Sport 4 Development, SportWorks TALKS

Related Articles

#031 Working in and across teams

As the sports industry is very much based on multi-stakeholder collaboration and team-based relationships, this episode explores the responsibilities of individuals and organizations to build and nurture effective and yet harmonious teams. Our guest, Marie Reig Florensa, summarizes the basic: it is all about the people.

“Prevention of harassment and abuse in sport: The role of sports organisation” – Kirsty Burrows

Research indicates that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men are victims of some form of sexual or physical abuse during their lifetime. Harassment and abuse occur in sport too. Over the past few years, the topic of harassment and abuse in sport has come to the forefront of our minds and attention the world over. However, it is not new. Sports organisations have a crucial role to play in ensuring a safe sporting environment for everyone. One in which athletes may thrive.