Child Protection in Sport
While recognising that every youth and child has a right to sport and play, the human rights of participants must be respected and protected. The most common forms of abuse in sport are physical, sexual, psychological and neglect; abuse that can have devastating consequences for the health and development of children. The SDP IWG Report, “Harnessing the Power of Sport for Development and Peace: Recommendations to Governments”, made the following policy and programmatic recommendations which Member States, with SDP IWG support, are encouraged to implement:
- Develop policies with specific provisions and implementation plans to prevent the exploitation and abuse of children and youth in sport contexts.
- Ensure that programme managers screen prospective coaches and physical education teachers and help them to develop the teaching and coaching skills they will need to be positive and effective role models.
- Work with partners to ensure that all communities have physical play environments that are safe, accessible, and encourage enjoyable physical activity.
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