CPSU wins global safeguarding award

Last updated: 27 Oct 2016 Topics: Working with our partners International sport Safeguarding children Type: News article

The NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit was honoured to receive the UNICEF Safeguarding in Sport Award at this year’s Beyond Sport Summit.

The summit and awards is the largest global event convening the world of sport for social change. It took place on 19 October 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

This award recognises our pioneering work over 15 years in the UK working in partnership with sport and statutory agencies to safeguard children in and through sport.

Anne Tiivas, CPSU Director, received the award from two of Beyond Sport’s young ambassadors – Louis Faith (Premier League Kicks Co-ordinator and Youth Worker from Pompey in the Community) and Corinne Eckert (a volunteer senior coach at New Jersey Dare Devils).

After the awards, Anne said:

“As a unit, we work with over 200 organisations across the UK to safeguard children and young people. This award sends a message to all these sports organisations to be proud of what we have achieved together to ensure children have a safe and enjoyable experience when taking part in sport.”

Working together in sport

Beyond Sport has supported international efforts to raise the profile of safeguarding in sport since the summit in London prior to the 2012 Olympic Games. This enabled a global workshop to take place led by the members of the (now) International Safeguards for Children in Sport working group, of which we are a founding member.

This established the need for support to help all types of sports and sport for development bodies to put in place international safeguards for all children, from elite sport to grassroots projects around the world.

The CPSU has facilitated a virtual learning set of UK and international sports bodies to support each other to test out the Safeguards over the past 3 years.

International safeguards implementation guides 

The 2016 Beyond Sport Summit saw two workshops that introduced the new implementation guides for the International Safeguards for Children in Sport. These were developed by Brunel University and include case studies from some sports bodies in the UK.

The workshops were led by UNICEF UK and Women Win, and saw presentations from Brunel, the International Netball Federation and Moving the Goalposts in Kilifi.