GoodCorporation helps organisations to design, embed and evaluate the practices and procedures necessary to ensure appropriate child protection and safeguarding.
Our Framework on Safeguarding Children is used by our clients as an evaluation tool or as guidance for best practice. We used this framework to review the BBC’s child protection and whistleblowing policies following the Jimmy Savile scandal.
While avoiding harm is clearly the primary motivation for any organisation working with children, prevention must be highly prioritised with careful risk assessments conducted to ensure that proper systems and processes are in place to prevent abuse.
Safeguarding children from trafficking in sport
GoodCorporation has worked with clients in a variety of sectors to test and strengthen their safeguarding practices and procedures. Last year we joined forces with Mission 89 to develop an assessment framework that can help sporting bodies safeguard children reduce the risk of athletes being trafficked into their organisation.
Every year hundreds of thousands of children are trafficked for sport. Smuggled across borders they are sold as commodities by fraudsters masquerading as agents, some claiming affiliation to high-profile, sports organisations. Many of the children “recruited” never reach the organisations allegedly seeking their talents: most are abandoned in their own continent; others are left abroad in cheap hotels without passports or money.
Human trafficking is a global problem acknowledged by the United Nations, whose Special Rapporteur has highlighted in her Report the growing economic exploitation of child athletes. .
Designed for all sports organisations, including governing bodies, international federations and clubs, the framework draws on best practice models from international organisations such as UNICEF, FIFA and StreetFootballWorld.
Leading sports organisations committed to the fight against child trafficking in sport have also given their support for the principles outlined in the framework, including FIFA.
Paul Tergat, former world marathon record holder and elite Kenyan long-distance runner has also given his full support for the framework. “There is a general growing and serious problem where people are exploiting sports to engage in human trafficking, especially targeting children. Every effort to curb this vice deserves the support of all of us that love and protect the beauty and spirit of sports. As such, I welcome the launch of this noble and timely framework and laud the efforts of Mission 89 and GoodCorporation in seeking to combat this menace. I ask people, especially those with leadership and positions of influence to give their voices to this effort”.
The framework can be used by organisations as a self-assessment tool or as the basis of an external review conducted jointly by GoodCorporation and Mission 89. The assessment would help establish whether the organisation has the correct practices and procedures in place to mitigate the risk of child trafficking taking place within the organisation or on its behalf. It can also be used by commercial organisations to help mitigate the risk of child trafficking within the supply chain.
In addition to ensuring that the rights of children in sport are enshrined in the code of ethics, the framework outlines the practices and procedures that should be followed to manage the safe recruitment of child athletes from around the globe.
GoodCorporation has also produced a self-assessment form to help organisations review their systems and processes and assess the risk of child trafficking occurring within their organisations. For a copy of the self assessment form, please contact us via email.