UEFA launches child safeguarding toolkit
UEFA published a new programme and toolkit, with the goal of helping European member associations to strengthen child safeguarding measures in football.
Together with their social responsibility partner Terre des hommes, UEFA published their new child safeguarding strategy, which is designed to provide a safe playing environment for the millions of children across the continent who take part in football, irrespective of age or ability.
This new set of free resources, which underline UEFA’s commitment to protect, promote and develop football, provides comprehensive guidance on how to develop child safeguarding measures, setting out standard steps and best practice approaches to successful and sustainable policies.
“Fostering hope and solidarity means thinking about more than just ourselves. It means thinking of our society; of our children, our future generations and our planet,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin.
“This is why, with the cooperation of our 55 member associations, and the help of Terre des hommes, an NGO specialising in this field, we have launched a child safeguarding programme designed to ensure children are never subjected to abuse of any kind in a football-related context.”
UEFA, through its work with Terre des hommes, leading child relief organisation, will also provide in-depth training courses and resources to help member associations develop bespoke tools for their own local needs and safely share best practices and experiences.
The toolkit, which is available in English, French, German and Russian, was built around 5 main goals:
- Goal 1: laying the foundation of safeguarding
- Goal 2: Ensuring organisational preparedness and prevention.
- Goal 3: Raising awareness.
- Goal 4: Working with others and reporting concerns.
- Goal 5: Measuring success in safeguarding.
Do you work with children in a football setting?
Whether yes or no, you can explore the UEFA child safeguarding platform, created together with @Tdh_ch, for free.
Because every child should be able to enjoy playing the game in a safe environment.
— UEFA (@UEFA) April 30, 2020
You can find the complete toolkit here.