Safeguarding Partnership announced between Canoeing South Africa and The
Durban - Canoeing South Africa has joined the growing international
Safeguarding movement which seeks to protect the health, well-being and
human rights of individuals to allow people, especially children, young
people and vulnerable adults, to live free from abuse, harm and neglect with
the ratification of an agreement with The Guardian.
Safeguarding in Sport is a growing global
movement with policy implementation being driven by a growing number of
International Sporting bodies. The IOC and UNICEF Sport have driven the need
to implement safeguarding into every national federation in the world and
the KAZAN Action Plan, to which South Africa is a signatory, dictates that
all National Federations must have a safeguarding policy and dedicated
Safeguarding Officer and Safeguarding Training for every person involved in
Closer to home the national Olympic body SASCOC has requested all
Federations develop their Safeguarding Policies and take control of their
Janet Simpkins, CSA's National Development Coordinator commented that she
knew as a federation Canoeing South Africa had a responsibility to ensure
all of their athletes, as well as administrators were aware and protected in
this safeguarding space.
In that portfolio, where she deals with many young athletes, she felt that
CSA needed to strengthen their internal processes.
Having dealt with The Guardian before, she turned to them to learn more
about the requirements, not only from a legal point of view but meeting the
moral responsibility too.
The CSA Board members gave their stamp of approval and now that the country
is easing out of hard lockdown restrictions, Simpkins feels it is time to
implement the roll-out.
The partnership with The Guardian will include the implementation of the
Federation’s National Safeguarding Policy Document and ensure that all
coaches and staff attend their online Basic Safeguarding Awareness Course
(SAC). They will ensure that every club has access to a Designated
Safeguarding Officer (DSO).
The partnership will also see every single person who is employed
permanently or in a volunteer capacity through Canoeing SA, being cleared
against both the Child Protection Register and the Sexual Offences Register
which is a legal requirement.
Another one of the more exciting developments will include the
implementation of The Guardian’s internationally patented anonymous
reporting app which will allow all athletes, but most importantly vulnerable
athletes, the ability to report anonymously on any challenges they may be
The Guardian recently held a webinar on “Safeguarding in South African
Sport” attended by many Federation Heads. For attendees, Simpkins and
President of CSA, Kim Pople, "this just further cemented that we are heading
in the right direction".
Marc Hardwick The MD of the Guardian said, “We are extremely proud to have
been appointed as the Official National Safeguarding Partner for CSA and it
has been encouraging to see how driven and committed they are to this
Simpkins has since been appointed the Federation's Senior Safeguarding
Officer and will oversee the roll out process and manage all future elements
“For me, having The Guardian as a resource gives me peace of mind. I work
with a number of children and to know that I have done everything in my
power to ensure their safety is important. I look forward to learning more,"
"As I’ve since discovered, safeguarding is not just about the protection of
minors but is far more complex than I originally thought. This process not
only includes addressing safeguarding from a reactive perspective, but
really calls on the Federation to be proactive in their approach.
"The vulnerability doesn’t only extend to children but includes all
athletes, those with any physical or mental disability, women, young adults
and even high performance athletes and is very relevant in this day and age.
I’m grateful for the guidance and expertise The Guardian will bring to our
journey, ensuring safe sport for all” she added.
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