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What is Safeguarding

Many children and young people take part in football activities almost every day across the country.  Children play for fun, young people may participate for development programmes whilst others may be their chosen career path as athletes, coaches, administrators, referees, etc.  Football as sport may be used as a vehicle for diverting youth from anti-social or criminal behaviour.

Safeguarding refers to the actions taken to ensure that children, young people and vulnerable adults are safe from harm when involved in football activities. 

Child protection is an import part of safeguarding and it refers to set of activities that are required for specific children who are at risk or are suffering from harm.

Safeguarding ensures that everyone’s rights are respected regardless of their age, gender, race, sexuality, etc. Children also have the right to participate in football in a safe and enjoyable environment. 

It has been noted that for the past years children and young people have been victims of all forms of violence.  FIFA through their vision of globalising football made commitment to make sure that they promote sport is safe as an effort to protect human rights. One the cornerstone of the commitments was through the FIFA Guarding Safeguarding Program where it equipped its affiliated Member Associations with knowledge with expectation that they will prevent any form of harm to children and respond appropriately.  

The aim of safeguarding is to;

  • Help create a safe sporting environment for children and young people whenever they participate in football
  • Provide clarity on safeguarding to all involved in football
  • Promote good practice and challenge poor practices that are harmful
  • Assist football leaders and funders to make informed decisions


Kgatleng Region Appreciate Safeguarding Workshop

Our recent safeguarding workshop in the Kgatleng region was a great opportunity to discuss significant steps towards safer and more inclusive football sport.
The association is very committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable people this past weekend, the association had an opportunity to address the coaches and administrators of the Kgatleng region on the importance of prevention through education and awareness programs, Protection by implementing robust policies and procedures, Provision of support services for those affected, and Partnership by collaborating with relevant organizations and agencies to ensure a comprehensive approach to safeguarding.
Their dedication to the welfare of children and people who are exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally was truly commendable.
Let’s keep spreading awareness and making a positive impact in our football and community!

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