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History of Safeguarding

HistoryofSSThe UN Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group was established in Athens in 2004. The SDP IWG established five (5) Thematic Working Groups based on the 2008 publication "Harnessing the Power of Sport for Development and Peace: Recommendations to Governments." In 2009, "Sport and Child & Youth Development" was the first Thematic Working Group of the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG) to be activated. It is currently chaired by the United Kingdom, with Ghana as the vice-chair, after being re-elected for a second term in 2012. The objectives and activities of this Working Group can be found in the 'Sport and Child & Youth Development' Action Plan. Child Protection in Sport is one of three Strategic Priority Areas for this Thematic Working Group.

In 2012, the International Safeguarding Children in Sport Working Group was established by a group of organisations working in sport, sport for development, child protection, and international development, who came together to explore how to make sport safer for children around the world. The work of this Group has led to a coalition of over fifty (50) organizations working together based on a draft set of safeguarding goals or standards designed to make sport safer for children around the world. The main aims of the International Working Group are as follows:
• Capacity Building: To build the capacity of organisations involved in delivering sporting and sport for development activities to children, supporting them to develop systems to make sport safer;

• Lobbying: To work alongside Governments and the international bodies responsible for policies in sport, to build a culture of safeguarding within sport itself;

• Learning: To develop the evidence base in order to identity the most effective ways to make sport safer, in a range of contexts and organizations;

• Dissemination: To share this learning across the global sporting landscape, to support all organisations with a responsibility for children in sport to improve their safeguards.

The Founding Members of the International Safeguarding Children in Sport Working Group are:
1. Keeping Children Safe
2. Child Protection in Sport Unit (A Unit of the NSPCC)
3. Swiss Academy for Development
4. UNICEF UK
5. Commonwealth Secreatariat
6. UK Sport
7. Right to Play
8. WomenWin
9. Beyond Sport
10. Caribbean Sport and Development Agency

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