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Safeguarding Youth Sport Conference, Brussels, May 2015

Thu, 11 Jun 2015

Safeguarding Youth Sport Conference, Brussels, May 2015

Last month sports coach UK attended the Safeguarding Youth Sport Conference in Brussels, led by the International Centre for Ethics in Sport and supported by 11 European partner organisations. The event featured presentations and expertise from many of Europe’s leading safeguarding and protecting children academics and practitionersand included strong representation from the UK. This included Emeritus Professor Celia Brackenridge and Anne Tiivas, Director of the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit. The event attracted European Union political support from Antonio Silva Mendes, Director of the Education and Culture Directorate General at the European Commission andEmma McClarkin MEP, who spoke as part of a guest panel session.

The fous of the conference was on creating a safe and empowering climate for elite children in sport, with particular reference to the role of the coach. The key messages were:

  • Elite children in sport are children first and foremost. Sports organisations, parents and coaches should be aware of their duty of care to these young athletes
  • NGBs, coaches and other parties should create a culture and climate where safeguarding is embedded as a cornerstone of performance
  • Coaches must be supported to work with professionals on emerging issues, such as overtraining, mental health, eating disorders, self-harm and online safety
  • Coaches must build effective relationships with athlete parents and support circles to ensure a holistic approach to athlete development.

Further information and the official summary are here.

sports coach UK will be working with the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit this summer to integrate the key messages and other good practice from across Europe identified at this event to create additional safeguarding guidance for coaches, educators and sporting organisations. This will support the long-term aim of the UK being one of the most influential and connected nations in world coaching. If you would like to discuss the UK’s role with the International Centre for Ethics in Sport, please contact David Turner, sports coach UK Development Lead for Children & Schools via [email protected].



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