Developing the International Safeguards for Children in Sport
Principal investigator: Daniel Rhind
Co-investigator: Tess Kay
Co-investigator: Laura Hills
This research informed the development, implementation and evaluation of the International Safeguards for Children in Sport. An implementation guide has been developed to help organisations to work towards the International Safeguards and these guides can be downloaded for free.
In 2012, a set of draft Standards were developed which are designed to safeguard children’s rights in sport. In July 2013, Brunel University were commissioned by International Inspiration on behalf of The International Safeguarding Children in Sport Working Group to conduct a 3 year research project to evaluate the trial of these Standards. The finalised version, which is called the International Safeguards for Children in Sport, was launched at the Beyond Sport Summit in 2014.
Through the pilot research, a range of qualitative techniques were employed to capture the experiences of people within 32 organisations from around the world who were working towards the International Safeguards. The participant organisations varied based on their geographical focus (e.g., local, national and international) as well as their mission (e.g., participation, competition and sport for development).
Based on these experiences, 8 key pillars were identified on which organisations which protect and promote children’s rights can be built. These are known as the CHILDREN pillars: Cultural sensitivity, Holistic, Incentives, Leadership, Dynamic, Resources, Engagement and Networks. An implementation guide has been developed to help organisations to work towards the International Safeguards and these guides can be downloaded for free.
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