The Conference “ENDING SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN IN SPORT INVITATION”
On 6th November 2018 the Council of Europe, the Dutch Government and the Dutch Olympic Committee organised the Conference “ENDING SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN IN SPORT INVITATION” focused on a dialogue between public authorities and the sports movement.
It is estimated that in Europe, about one in five children are victims of some form of sexual violence. Sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment happen in the context of sport too. Public authorities and the sports movement share the responsibility of protecting children, preventing and responding to sexual violence in sport. This event aims at strengthening the dialogue among key stakeholders and identifying the measures that must be taken to make sport a safe and empowering environment for all children. Participants included members of the Council of Europe Committee of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (the Lanzarote Committee on which National Coordination Centre for Resolving the Issues of Violence against Children participated), representatives of various Dutch ministries and institutions responsible for issues related to children and/or to sport, members of the Council of Europe pool of experts on sexual violence in sport, the Dutch National Olympic Committee, sports federations and clubs and others.
Part of the programme of Conference was also round table to discuss topics as what do we know about child sexual abuse in sport, who is responsible for preventing and follow-up intervention, why is it so difficult for children to talk, what happens after publishing their story, what should be done, how is this problem solved in the Netherlands, as well as what are the issues that arise in the context of major sport events.
The main objective of the conference focused on the protection of children against sexual abuse in sport was to engage in an in-depth discussion of many critical themes, share good practice and experience, allow members of the Committee to understand the specificities of sport abuse and identify ways to solve this phenomenon in a specific environment, to point out the need for government efforts on national level, which could help with its solution in identifying the actions that sport clubs and public authorities should adopt in this context, particularly in the context of the implementation of the Convention.