Webinar "Checking criminal records as a tool to protect children in sport", 3 June 2021
In the fight to protect children from sexual abuse, authorities and sports organisations are becoming more aware of the need to put necessary measures in place to provide a safe environment for young athletes. One of the questions they need to answer is: how to implement safer recruitment processes that ensure the suitability of people who work with children? This is also in line with the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote Convention, which sets out measures to ensure that professionals in regular contact with children (including in sport) are properly screened.
Criminal record checks are one method that can help sports organisations make safe recruitment decisions. But how do they work? Are they used widely throughout European countries? What legal frameworks are needed? What challenges do they present?
To answer these questions and more, the EPAS Consultative Committee organised a webinar on the topic.
When and where
Thursday 3 June 2021, 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. CEST
Online via the BlueJeans platform
Working language: English
Head of Children's Rights and Sport Values Department, Council of Europe
Senior Lecturer in child protection in sport, Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport, Edge Hill University, United Kingdom
Håvard B. ØVREGÅRD
Adviser, Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports, Norway
Head of Safeguarding, Rugby Football Union, United Kingdom
National Coordinator Non-recent Child Sexual Abuse, NPCC – Operation Hydrant, UK Police
Anton Toni KLANČNIK
EC3 (fighting and preventing sexual exploitation of children, protecting children's rights), EUROPOL
Head of Crimes against Children Unit, INTERPOL & Dieter BRAEKEVELD, Training Officer on Integrity in Sports, INTERPOL
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