Non-accidental harms are defined as any unwelcome sexual harassment and/or abuse, financial abuse, bullying and emotional abuse, hazing, neglect, physical abuse and child exploitation.
Non-accidental harms undermine both the mental and physical health of the athlete and the integrity of sport.
The situation regarding human rights in Africa is generally reported to be poor and there are high levels of violence reported against women, children and other vulnerable adults. If sport reflects society it is reasonable to assume that there are also high levels of violence taking place in sport in Africa. Safe Sport Africa is committed to the international effort to prevent and respond to this violence as part of the global effort to uphold and protect sporting values.
Safe Sport Africa aims to:
- raise awareness of the need to implement safeguards against non-accidental harm in sport and for sports organisations to exercise a duty of care towards those who participate in their sport;
- support the implementation of international frameworks for safe sport, safeguards for children and adults in sport, and for managing the transition from child to adult participation in sport;
- facilitate the sharing of safeguarding practice for sport amongst members of the network;
- ensure Africa’s voice is heard internationally on safeguarding children and adults from non-accidental harms in sport;
- assist organisations in Africa with their capacity to deliver safe sport through training and consultancy.
Safe Sport Africa will be registered in South Africa as a non-profit organisation with the Department of Social Development.