A range of tools to assist you on topics ranging from social cohesion and inclusion to gender and human rights.

To strengthen the potential of sport programmes to achieve positive protective outcomes and address challenges related to social inclusion, social cohesion and psychosocial wellbeing, UNHCR, the Olympic Refuge Foundation and the Swiss child relief agency Terre des hommes (Tdh) – supported by individuals and organisations from a broad cross-section of backgrounds and disciplines – collaborated to create the Sport for Protection Toolkit: Programming with Young People in Forced Displacement Settings

Below is a selection of resources, some of which were used to inform the Sport for Protection Toolkit. They can support actors in designing, implementing and measuring programmes that use sport to address the challenges faced by refugees.


  • Football Including Refugees (FIRE) 
    The FIRE project is funded by the European Union and run by a consortium of national football associations, civil society organisations and educational institutions. It aims to contribute to welcoming and including newcomers through football by developing resources to support clubs and raising awareness of the role of sport in social change.
  • Integration of Refugees through Sport
    Created by the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), this website is a hub of resources for professionals and volunteers (online learning courses, theoretical and implementation guides, good practice examples and podcasts). The focus is on grassroots sport, but many resources can be used for other community initiatives as well. 
  • Sport Inclusion Network
    This website hosts a range of resources related to the social inclusion of refugees through sport. It shares promising practices from different European countries, challenges for instructors, research papers and resources for designing projects. 

Social inclusion

Social cohesion

Psychosocial wellbeing

Child protection and safeguarding

  • International Safeguards for Children in Sport
    A range of organisations developed this set of standards together. The final version of the document lays the foundation for a holistic approach to ensuring children’s safety and protection in all sports contexts internationally.
  • Keeping Children Safe
    This online resource library contains documents and publications on child safeguarding collated by Keeping Children Safe.
  • Safeguarding
    This toolkit includes information on good practice, academic research and expert opinions. It aims to assist National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Federations (IFs) in developing policies and procedures to safeguard athletes from harassment and abuse in sport.

Disability and adapted sports


  • Empowering Girls in Bangladesh to Say “No” to Child Marriage
    Through access to education, sport and Plan International-supported peer groups, children in Bangladesh are learning more about their rights. The programming and activities help break down gender stereotypes, bolster confidence and challenge conventional norms.
  • The International Guide to Designing Sport Programmes for Girls
    The chapter ‘Mixing Genders’ covers some best practices for mixing genders in sport for protection programmes to avoid doing harm to either girls or boys. It explores the values, benefits and dangers of the combination of boys and girls in sport programmes and provides recommendations for effective gender integration.
  • YDF Manual for Gender Awareness
    A set of resources and activities for promoting gender equality through sport.

Human rights


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