Creation a code of ethics and conduct and a policy document on child abuse in sport.
Coordinator: Professor Maria Cristina Verrocchio (UdA)
Sharing of good practices in the field of prevention, protection, and support to victims of violence and maltreatment in sport. The expert referents of the inter–institutional network will work on the drafting of an ethical code and conduct and a policy document, with the following aims:
Increase the standards of safety and behavior in sports clubs and associations
Make explicit the shared values and sports spirit, in agreement with the requirements of the Children’s Rights Convention.
Developing actions directed to prevent and contrast the violence and abuse perpetrated on children in sports. Increase knowledge regarding how to identify potentially abusive conduct and procedures for reporting to the appropriate authorities.
Awareness, training, and capacity building interventions: risk factors and direct action to prevent abusive behavior in sports.
Coordinator: Professor Maurizio Bertollo (UdA)
This action is structured into three specific activities:
Capacity building courses for educators, managers, and sports trainers to increase awareness related to identifying various kinds of violence and the evolutionary risks to the children and adolescents’ health. Increase focus on integration and inclusion. Improve knowledge of local child protection structures and reporting procedures when abuse is suspected.
Specialized training courses aimed at psychologists who work in sport, to increase their knowledge about the problem of child abuse, the main models for preventing and fighting violence in sport, and the creation of prevention and support programs on the problem of violence against children.
Educational programs to increase awareness aimed at managers, educators/sports technicians and parents carried out in 100 sports clubs throughout the region. They serve to: support the educational skills of adults who are closest to young athletes, increase awareness of risks and knowledge of the measures to be taken in case of suspected and/or confirmed child abuse.
Young athletes’ empowerment
Coordinator: Professor Alessandra Babore (UdA)
Psychologists and experts will conduct emotion laboratories and reflective groups with young athletes (10 – 16 years). They will be aimed at improving their ability to identify and express emotions, social competence, and active participation. Young people will be motivated to act, reflect, and protect themselves from any form of violence in sports and to share their experiences. They will be active players and participate in social change with respect to the phenomenon of violence perpetrated in sports.