Principles

Safe Sport International Principles.

These principles apply to past, present and future athletes, from all ages, abilities, social backgrounds and identities.

  1. That the welfare, safety and rights of all athletes is the central consideration in the administration and delivery of sport.
  2. That all sports organisations work together with appropriate partners to prevent and respond to violence against athletes.
  3. That sports organisations establish and disseminate relevant codes of ethics and conduct that will help prevent breaches of safe sport.
  4. That all members of the athlete’s entourage including officials, support staff and sports coaches, leaders and instructors undergo appropriate education and training about safe practices as a condition of their qualification to operate, including the adoption of empowerment-based coaching styles
  5. That all members of the athlete’s entourage including officials, support staff and sports coaches, leaders and instructors undergo appropriate background or criminal record checks, and provide evidence of these to those responsible for hiring or recruitment
  6. That athletes be educated and informed about their rights to be safeguarded and how to report any concerns they may have about their own or others’ safety
  7. That reports of violence, and any actions or practices by anyone in sport that compromise the safety of the athlete, be treated respectfully and investigated and acted upon in a timely manner by appropriate authorities
  8. That individuals subject to complaints or allegations be offered due process with fair and transparent grievance and disciplinary systems, and with clear suspension, sanctions and reinstatement procedures
  9. That appropriate technology and communications be used to supplement support for athletes or anyone else wishing to make and pursue a referral about a suspected breach of safe sport
  10. That all breaches of safe sport are recorded and managed systematically and the data used to research, evaluate and enhance safe practice.