Scottish FA pioneers Unicef child safety scheme

SFA leads the way amongst national associations in implementing Unicef safeguarding for children

SFA Safeguarding ChildrenThe Scottish FA has become the first national association to sign up to a new child safety initiative from Unicef – the international charity that protects children.

The SFA has implemented the International Safeguards for Children in Sport across all of Scottish football, thus leading the way amongst football’s governing bodies in signing up to the global initiative, which is coordinated by Unicef UK.

The governing body joins a select group of 50 Pioneer Organisations from across six continents – including Manchester United and Manchester City – who will work alongside the International Safeguarding Children in Sport Working Group to further develop, implement and test safeguards designed to promote and protect young players’ wellbeing.

SFA logoThe SFA will ensure every player under the age of 18 receives the same level of safeguarding and protective measures as is recognised internationally, enlisting the support of the following Affiliated National Associations (ANAs) to meet its objectives:

* Scottish Amateur Football Association
* Scottish Junior Football Association
* Scottish Schools Football Association
* Scottish Youth Football Association
* South of Scotland League

SFA Chief Executive Stewart Regan said: “We are committed to the welfare of young players at all levels of the national game and to be part of Unicef UK’s global network – and the first national association to join – is another example of the sterling work undertaken by our Child Protection and Safeguarding Manager at the Scottish FA.

“I am also pleased to see our ANAs supporting us in this commitment to ensure the wellbeing of children is of paramount importance in Scottish football.”

Unicef’s child safeguarding standards were agreed in 2012 by a working group of international youth, sport and development organisations. Co-ordinated by Unicef UK, with support from Unicef, the safeguards were formally launched at the Beyond Sport summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, in October 2014.

Liz Twyford at Unicef UK: “On behalf of the International Safeguarding Children in Sport Working Group, we are really pleased to welcome the Scottish FA as our latest Pioneer Organisation. By working together and sharing good practice and the experiences we have globally, we aim to make sport safer for children everywhere.”

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