Safeguarding Children in Sport: A Mapping Study

Date Published
Oct 2019
European Commission
Document Type
Safeguarding, Sport
Physical Activity, Social & Community
Sub Themes
Geographic Area
Children & Young People
The topic of safe sport, and safe sport for children in particular has gained significant attention in recent years. Millions of children across the EU participate in different sport activities on a regular basis.

There is widespread evidence on the positive benefits of regular sport participation for children such as improved physical and mental well being, personal and educational development and social inclusion. Recent cases of violence against children in the media have drawn attention however to the seriousness of the safeguarding risks factors for children and young people who take part in sport on a regular basis. Empirical studies across the EU have confirmed that sport provides an environment in which a significant proportion of children are vulnerable to various forms of violence and bullying. The increased coverage has highlighted the importance of ensuring that organisations offering sport to young people implement adequate safeguarding procedures to reduce the risks of children being harmed.

Aims and Objectives

Building on the terms of reference for the study, the three key aims of the study agreed at the inception stage were as follows:
 To provide a mapping of data on violence against children in sport in different EU Member States;
 To analyse how violence against children is dealt with at national and/or international level and what kind of legal instruments exist to cases of violence against children in sport and minimise potential risks
 To provide the European Commission with adequate knowledge of existing initiatives in order to identify where best to focus its efforts and those of the Member States.

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  • O&W LSA
    Active Rutland
    Sport England
    Active Leicester
    H&B LSA
  • Charnwood LSA
    Harborough LSA
    Blaby LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
    Active Partnerships
    Equality Standard
    Melton LSA


  • Sport England
    Active Rutland
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Active Leicester
  • Melton LSA
    H&B LSA
  • Active Partnerships
    Blaby LSA
  • Safeguarding
    Harborough LSA
  • Equality Standard
    O&W LSA
  • Charnwood LSA