Global Leaders in Child Protection
April 3, 2018. Children’s Rights are of paramount importance to Coaches Across Continents. One of the pillars of our organization is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. But it is one thing to say that the protection of children is important, and another entirely to actively create policies and implement practices which change communities and cultures in the 50+ countries where we operate. But this is exactly what we are doing. Over 10,400 coaches have signed Child Protection policies because of their participation in CAC On-Field programming. Our partnership work around the world includes addressing and changing some of the most difficult issues pertaining to child rights and protection, including trafficked children, child soldiers, FGM, restrictive and harmful cultural and religious practice, legal corporal punishment in schools, street children, and more.
Today we are proud to announce the publication of a new document to further progress Child Protection policies and thinking, entitled “Peace and Child Rights.” This document continues to frame our Child Protection policy creation and community development on two main fronts:
- The understanding that Child Protection is not just as an elimination of abuse, but also the creation of what children should experience in a healthy and happy childhood, namely physically and emotionally safe spaces where they are encouraged in their successes and allowed to constructively learn from their failures as they engage in our SDL environment.
- That the relationship between a teacher/coach needs to exist and be a healthy one that allows for a mentorship of children from adolescence into adulthood.
Coaches Across Continents is already implementing these parameters with all our partner programs globally. Before working with CAC, only 18% of local coaches had received child protection training. Now over 10,400 coaches at 100% of our programs have gone through Child Protection Training.
This new publication initiative goes hand in hand with our ongoing work with UNICEF, where we are on three working groups including:
- Advocacy and communications on policy and practice;
- Quality assurance and access to training and support; and
- Research, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning and improvement of resources.
These active workgroups continue to drive global policy in Child Rights and Protection policies, and came about from our work together as a Pioneering Member of UNICEF’s International Safeguards for Children in Sport.
CAC also uses our curriculum to educate children and coaches about the rights guaranteed by the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. Since it’s inception in 2015, our Child Rights curriculum has been used at 88% of our On-Field Programs.
Coaches Across Continents will continue to be the global leader in Child Protection. We are already working on ways to continue to eliminate all violence against children (sexual, physical, emotional, and verbal abuse) and to create partnerships and communities which focus on Child Rights advocacy, creating safe spaces, and building healthy mentoring relationships.