Answer to Written Question: Protection of children and vulnerable adults in sport
(Source: European Parliament)
Answer given by Ms Gabriel
on behalf of the European Commission
As the Commission stated in its reply to written question E-000387/2021, it actively works to raise awareness and to fight violence against children and vulnerable adults in sport, within the limit of its competences.
In 2019, the Commission commissioned a mapping study on Child Safeguarding in Sport, which included recommendations to Member States, the Commission and sport organisations. The Erasmus+ programme funds several projects in this field, such as Voice and iProtect.
The safeguard of children in sport is also the main topic of cooperation between the Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of sport. This cooperation started projects such as Pro Safe Sport+ and the Child Safeguarding in Sport project, which focuses on the creation of positions of “Child Safeguarding Officers”. Progressively, an increasing number of sport organisations are establishing strategies to prevent violence and promote a healthy environment. Example are the International Olympic Committee (IOC) toolkit to safeguard athletes from violence and abuse and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) guardians programme.
Lastly, the Commission is open to consider possible ideas regarding a new international entity and would be willing to cooperate in the consultation process.