A two-day Child Protection in Sports Football Coaches training hosted by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the Dominica Football Association got underway on Monday at the Public Service Union conference room.
The objective of the training is to integrate child protection in sports and to create awareness on the matter.
This training has been conducted in all countries in the region with financial assistance from UNICEF.
reminded the coaches that children should feel secure in the company of adults.
“Let me admonish you to use these strategies in a positive manner to truthfully protect our children,” the Hon Minister for Social Services, Family and Gender Affairs, Lady Catherine Daniel told the coaches at the opening ceremony. “Often times people come to workshops to get the strategies so that they can know how to escape and not be detected … they come to get the strategies not to assist but for them not to be caught. So, this is why I am admonishing you to use the tools that you are going to receive today in a positive light.”
Coordinator of the Child Abuse Prevention Unit, Gemma Azille Lewis facilitated the training workshop which covered how can sexual abuse happen in sports, sexual intimidation, neglect and physical abuse in sports.