Safeguarding

This toolkit aims to assist National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Federations (IFs) in the development of policies and procedures to safeguard athletes from harassment and abuse in sport.

The IOC’s mission is to place athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement, and Olympic Agenda 2020 sets out the strategic roadmap for this. This includes Recommendation 18: Strengthen support to athletes. Through this recommendation, the IOC has taken significant steps to safeguard athletes from harassment and abuse in sport.

The IOC prevention of harassment and abuse in sport (PHAS) initiatives have been established by the IOC’s Athletes’, Athletes’ Entourage, Medical and Scientific and Women in Sport Commissions, in collaboration with NOCs, IFs and subject matter experts.

Furthermore, the need for the development of resources related to athlete safeguarding was further requested by athletes at the International Athletes’ Forum in 2015.

So where can I find the Toolkit?

You can find the link to download the whole toolkit below. However we recommend you go through section by section, starting with Section 1: Positioning. You can find the links to all the sections at the top of the page.

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The IOC PHAS initiatives include:How was this Toolkit developed?What sources inspired this Toolkit?
  • The Games-time Framework:
    • The “IOC Framework for safeguarding athletes and other participants from harassment and abuse in sport (Games-time period)” (hereafter the “Games-time Framework”) is in place at all editions of the Olympic Games.
    • It establishes the reporting mechanisms and case management procedure for any incidents of harassment and abuse during the Games.
    • Crucial to the Games-time Framework is the presence of the IOC Safeguarding Officer.
  • The IOC Guidelines for IFs and NOCs:
    • The “IOC Guidelines for IFs and NOCs related to creating and implementing a policy to safeguard athletes from harassment and abuse in sport” (hereafter the “IOC Guidelines”) were approved by the IOC Executive Board in July 2016.
    • These Guidelines detail what the IOC considers to be the minimum requirements for athlete-safeguarding policies.
    • This toolkit aims to contextualise the information found in the IOC Guidelines, by providing a step-by-step approach to developing PHAS policies and procedures. It is also intended to offer potential solutions to common challenges which may occur when developing such policies.

These, as well as the other IOC PHAS initiative tools, are discussed in further detail in this toolkit, which has been developed in accordance with best practice information, academic research and expert opinion, and seeks to safeguard all athletes.

It is incumbent upon all stakeholders in sport both to implement and monitor policies and procedures for safe sport… which state that: all athletes have a right to be treated with respect, protected from non-accidental violence

IOC Consensus Statement: Harassment and abuse in sport (2016)

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All of the IOC PHAS initiatives, as well as the links from the IOC Toolkit can be found here. This includes templates and other resources.

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