Coaching in the UK

UK Coaching welcomes IOC safeguarding toolkit

Thu, 18 Jan 2018

UK Coaching welcomes the news that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has launched a toolkit for International Sports Federations (IFs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to develop athlete safeguarding policies and procedures.

The toolkit will assist sports organisations in maintaining their responsibility for athlete welfare, keeping them safe and guarding their rights by focusing on ‘organisational and competition-specific safeguarding policies; reinforced with key research, recommendations and case studies across the Olympic Movement’.

As cited in the press release published by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), ‘the toolkit is the latest in a series of prevention of harassment and abuse in sport (PHAS) initiatives, which have been established by four IOC Commissions (Athletes’, Athletes’ Entourage, Medical and Scientific, and Women in Sport), in collaboration with NOCs, IFs, external partners such as UN Women, and subject matter experts’.

UK Coaching has the highest regard for athlete and coach welfare and works closely with the CPSU to make sure this always remains an absolute priority. The importance of welfare for both parties was discussed at the 2017 England Coaching Summit – attended by over 50 governing bodies of sport.

UK Coaching’s Director of Coaching, Emma Atkins, said:

“We echo the CPSU’s comments and welcome the new IOC toolkit, which shows that the welfare of athletes is paramount and part of an international consciousness. 

“We have a long and distinct working relationship with the CPSU, setting the right standards and raising awareness amongst coaches of how to create positive coaching environments and to recognise and respond to matters of safeguarding.

“This toolkit is an important addition to the arsenal of resources that help coaches and governing bodies of sport keep athletes and coaches of all ages and abilities safe in sport.”

Further information:

Download the toolkit from the IOC website

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