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Universal Children's Day: Protecting children in sport

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Universal Children's Day: Protecting children in sport

For the second year in a row the International Safeguarding Children in Sport Initiative has launched a campaign for 20 November.

In 1954, the United Nations established Universal Children’s Day to occur every year on 20 November to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide, and to improve children’s welfare.

20 November also marks the anniversary of two important dates in promoting the rights of children: the 1959 Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child. The latter is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty and, alongside children’s rights including the right to life, to health and protection from violence, it enshrines the right to play.

The day marks an important opportunity for everyone, adults and children alike, to promote the rights and safety of children within local communties or societies and in a wider national or global context. 

For the second year in a row, the International Safeguarding Children in Sport Initiative is running a campaign to promote children’s safety in sport. Sport and play benefit children in multiple ways, but we also know that instances of abuse occur. 

The working group, which sportanddev and a number of other sports organisations from around the world are members of, was established in 2012 to help make sport a safe space for all children. The group launched a set of safeguards in 2014, which are designed to be implemented by organisations internationally to guarantee the safety of children. The 20 November campaign will raise awareness about the topic and promote the use of the safeguards.

How to get involved

The International Safeguarding Children in Sport Initiative has published messages you can use on your social media accounts to promote the campaign and the safeguards. The English versions, along with images you can use, are in the campaign poster. Translations of the messages in 11 other languages are available on the right-hand side of this article under 'Files'. Follow #safeinsport on Facebook and Twitter to see what others are doing to mark the day. 

If you would like to find out more about safeguarding children in sport, you can visit the following sections of our website:


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Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 14:23

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