Safeguarding Children in Sport: A Mapping Study
- Physical Activity, Social & Community
- Sub Themes
- Geographic Area
- Children & Young People
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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