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Topic of Safeguarding warmly welcomed


16th FIS Youth and Children's Seminar Completed
During the 51st FIS Congress in Costa Navarino, the FIS Congress adopted the FIS Safe Sport Policy. The Policy is designed to address Safeguarding from harassment and abuse and help National Associations implement their policies. To provide more information about this important topic, the 16th FIS Youth and Children’s Seminar held during the FIS Autumn Meetings in Zürich focused on the theme of Safeguarding with the theme “Athlete Wellbeing – Safe Sport for All”.

Following the welcome by FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis who highlighted the importance of FIS and all National Associations having the necessary policy and procedures in place to handle any incidents that may arise, FIS Lead Welfare Officer and Vice Chair of the FIS Medical Committee, Jenny Shute, presented the past, present and possible future implications of harassment in sport. In the presentation, Shute focused on how Safeguarding policies can be implemented and gave best practices of how other sports are introducing the policies into their environments.

A panel discussion with guests Susan Greinig (IOC Medical Programmes Manager and Toolkit co-author) Kirsty Burrows (IOC Safeguarding Toolkit co-author) ,Hannah Kearney (FIS Athlete Commission and Council Member), Jenny Shute and Anne Tiivas OBE (Director of Safe Sport International) was held. Lead by Clare Barrell (International Relations Adviser to UK Sport), the panellists fielded many questions from the active participants. Using their knowledge and experience helpful advice was provided to audience on these various topics.

Keynote speaker Anne Tiivas OBE took the podium in the second half of the programme. Looking at the key question of „How can we prevent harassment and abuse?”she provided a number of practical steps that have been used throughout the sports world. These included implementing education programmes, being open to feedback and listening, implementing a Safeguarding Policy and recognising that the problem does not have one source.

Following Tiivas, the adviser responsible for work against sexual harassment and abuse in the Norwegian Olympic Paralympic Committee and Norwegian Confederation of Sports, Håvard Øvregård, looked into the question „What to do if we have a case?“. To answer the question Håvard shared various cases which he had encountered in Norway and what steps were taken to solve the cases. The aim of this was to provide the audience real life scenarios and best practices.

To round out this year’s seminar information was provided on FIS’s project Get Into Snow Sports (GISS). Conducted in cooperation with FIS, the Chinese Ski Association FIS Academy and the World Academy of Sport, Get Into Snow Sports is designed to help the country reach its goal of 300 million skiers and snowboarders by the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games and has launched the pilot phase last week during the World Winter Sport Expo 2018 in Beijing.

All presentations for them Seminar can be seen and downloaded via the link below: