ENGSO’s representation at events in Strasbourg about safeguarding children

On the 24th and 25th of October, Sallie Barker, our Special Advisor and former Executive Committee Member took part in the third workshop of the Pro Safe Sport+ (PSS+) project.

PSS+ is a joint project implemented by the Council of Europe (Enlarged Partial Agreement on sport) and co-funded by the European Commission in the framework of Erasmus+ programme. It started in April 2017 with the first workshop, then held its second workshop in June, while this event was its third workshop just before its closing event later this year.

Its goal is to call for a renewed political attention and for the development of policies and strategic actions to prevent and combat sexual violence towards children in the context of sport. At the third workshop the project partners discussed tips for policy makers on developing and implementing a child protection strategy.

The timing of the workshop was excellent as on the same dates the Council of Europe hosted another event on the topic of safeguarding children. The conference was entitled “Ending sexual exploitation and abuse of children: Towards a world of trust”, and Sallie Barker took part in that as well, representing ENGSO.

The conference was organised on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention for the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.

Sallie Barker pointed out the importance of ENSO’s presence in these two events:

“The Council of Europe PSS+ project is developing some excellent tools for sports organisations to help them safeguard children within their sport. Our involvement in the PSS+ workshop will help ensure that the advice and guidance for national sports organisations is disseminated widely and we will be able to support our members in its implementation. ENGSO’s representation at the Lanzarote Convention allowed us to find out what has been happening during the past 10 years the Convention has been in place and to follow the next steps in order to ensure grassroots sport is following the principles of the Convention.”

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