Jose Foundation Safeguarding in Sport Conference

Hosted by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May 2019

This conference seeks to assist National Sports Organisations implement their responsibilities as set out by the IOC and the Kazan Action Plan.

Safeguarding is the responsibility of an organisation to make sure their staff, volunteers, operations and programmes do no harm to children or vulnerable persons, or expose them to harassment, abuse or exploitation. It is, however, increasingly becoming best practice to think about how we always safeguard everyone·in an organisation, including protecting staff and volunteers from inappropriate behaviour such as bullying and harassment. Appropriate policies and measures should therefore be put in place in sport to safeguard both children, whose safety is paramount, and vulnerable adults, who may be vulnerable for a variety of different reasons.

The Guardian is proud to present and speak at this event hosted by SASCOC. Held under the patronage of UNESCO. Sponsored by Jose Foundation, Hogan Lovells and the Guardian CPS. Supported by the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, The Commonwealth, Commonwealth Games Federation, Centre for Sport and Human Rights, UNICEF, Safe Sport International, British High Commission, UK Sport, and LimeCulture.

In 2016, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) highlighted that “It is incumbent upon all stakeholders in sport both to adopt general principles for safe sport and to implement and monitor policies and procedures for safe sport which state that all athletes have a right to be treated with respect and protected from non-accidental violence. In 2017, the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPSVI), hosted by UNESCO, recognised that children, youth and women are particularly vulnerable to maltreatment, abuse or neglect, impairment to their health and development, and circumstances that run counter to the provision of safe and effective care. The conference agreed Kazan Action Plan which identified three main policy areas of which the third “Protecting the Integrity of Sport” includes the specific policy of “Protect children, youth and other vulnerable groups”. This conference seeks to assist National Sports Organisations implement their responsibilities as set out by the IOC and the Kazan Action Plan.

The conference is for senior management staff or board members of National and Regional Sports Organisations who are be able to sponsor the development of safeguarding policies and measures within their organisations. The conference will examine the moral and legal “duty of care” sports organisations have in putting in place safeguarding policies and measures, cover the risks of failing to do so, and the speakers will share advice and their experience of implementing safeguarding policies and measures both in Southern Africa and internationally . The conference is free to attend and delegates should register on line here Delegates are responsible for their own transport and accommodation costs. The venue is easily reached from OR Tambo International via the Gautrain and is in walking distance of the Sandton station. The venue is well served by hotel accommodation and we recommend using booking .com to find a suitable hot el or guest house in the area.

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A range of international, regional and national speakers have been invited to take part in the conference.

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Susan Greinig – IOC Medical Programmes Senior Manager and lOC Safeguarding Officer.
  • Professor Paul Singh – Sports Consultant; Former Chief Director, Support Services, Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa; Former Head of Department of Sport & Movement Studies, University of Johannesburg.
  • Ellen Barwise – Regional Development Manager at Commonwealth Games Federation.
  • Kingsley Udo – Project Field Coordinator – European Commission Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Project, Plan International; Jose Foundation Consultant
  • Candice Pillay – Director at Hogan Lovells, Chair of the Teddy Bear Clinic.
  • ProfessorSteve Cornelius – Professor in Private Law specialising in Sports Law and Interpretation of Contracts; Head of the Department of Private Law, University of Pretoria; Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Law, University of Pretoria; Independent Director, Cricket South Africa; Member, Independent Doping Hearing Panel Member, SAIDS.
  • Phil Doorgachurn – Director of Safeguarding in Sport, LimeCulture Community Interest Company, Safeguarding Panel Member, Sport Resolutions UK; Former Executive manager – Safeguarding, Quality Assurance & Governance, Premier League; Former Head of Safeguarding, Arsenal FC.
  • Marc Hardwick – Founder of The Guardian, Former Police Officer within the child protection unit for 13 years.