Safeguarding is the process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they grow up with safe and effective care that enables them to have optimum life chances to enter adulthood successfully.
One example of safeguarding policies and procedures in action is the International Safeguards for Children in Sport.
Safeguarding within child and youth-serving organizations can include various policies, procedures, and practices that organizations can implement to both prevent child sexual abuse from happening and ensure a swift response when abuse is reported or identified.
For the 2012 Beyond Sport Summit in London, a draft set of Safeguards were developed by a partnership working to establish various policies, procedures, and practices that organizations can implement to both prevent child sexual abuse and ensure a swift response when abuse is reported or identified.
These Safeguards were further developed through an extensive piloting phase over the next two years.
The finalized version of the Safeguards was launched at Beyond Sport in October 2014, laying the foundation for a holistic approach to ensuring children’s safety and protection in all sports contexts internationally.
According to Sports and Dev, the safeguards aim to help create a safe sporting environment for children wherever they participate and at whatever level. They also:
Together for Girls, in partnership with The Equality Institute and the Oak Foundation, undertook a systematic review of proven solutions and best practices to prevent and respond to sexual violence against children and young people.
Daniela Ligiero, survivor of childhood sexual violence, explains how she uses her story to change perceptions about childhood violence and create a safer world for future generations.
Together for Girls profiles VidaNyx — the leading cloud-based digital video evidence management solution that works to address the needs of the Children’s Advocacy Center in the U.S. — as a critical solution in the What Works to Prevent Sexual Violence Against Children Evidence Review.
Whether you’re a parent, leader of a youth-focused organization, or coach of a youth sports team, you should know what safeguarding is and why it’s critical to keeping kids safe.
Together for Girls, Darkness to Light, Child USA, and the National Children’s Alliance join forces with a diverse coalition of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, advocates, and leading organizations to launch #KeepKidsSafe.
Athlete A reminds us how regularly survivors are ignored and how often they are chastised for reporting an abuser. It reveals how self-interested institutions can themselves turn into cloaks of protection for the most heinous crimes.
Survivors of sexual violence, particularly those of color, should be leading the conversations about their needs and the needs of their communities, informing policy, and catalyzing prevention.
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Childhood sexual violence differs from other forms of violence, such as physical or psychological violence, as child development and the capacity to consent influence its recognition as a crime.
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