Sport and Child & Youth Development
In 2009, “Sport and Child & Youth Development” was the first Thematic Working Group of the SDP IWG to be activated. It is currently chaired by the United Kingdom, with Ghana as the vice-chair, after being re-elected for a second term in 2012. The objectives and activities of this Working Group can be found in the ‘Sport and Child & Youth Development’ Action Plan.
The Working Group focuses on the following three Strategic Priority Areas:
1. Child Protection in Sport;
2. Sport to Strengthen Child and Youth Education;
3. Sport to Enhance Transferable Skills and Employment Opportunities;
You may learn more about each of these topics by reading the Policy Briefs below, including policy and programme recommendations to Governments based on the SDP IWG Report “Harnessing the Power of Sport for Development and Peace: Recommendations to Governments”.
Notably, the two working groups ‘Sport and Child & Youth Development’ and ‘Sport and Gender’ have a particular emphasis on the topic of ‘Protection and Safeguarding in Sport’. A thematic meeting on this topic was organized by the Chair countries of these two working groups (i.e. Norway and the UK) in October, 2012, to highlight the importance of having policies in place to ensure that sport is not an arena where any kind of violence or abuse can take place.