Mission 89 and Confédération Africaine de Football partner to hold Safeguarding Workshops

Mission 89 and Confédération Africaine de Football partner to hold Safeguarding Workshops

Mission 89, in partnership with the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF), through its member associations division, recently gathered the 54 member associations for a crucial CAF Safeguarding workshop focused primarily on Anti-Player Trafficking.

This initiative highlights Mission 89’s ongoing efforts to protect young footballers in Africa.

The sessions, which took place on Wednesday, 27 March (English-speaking nations) and Friday, 29 March (French-speaking nations), covered topics such as Understanding Player Trafficking, Legal and Ethical Considerations, Safeguarding Protocols, Role of Stakeholders, Community Engagement and Awareness, and more.

In 2022, Mission and the African football organisation launched the CAF Safeguarding Programme, through which safeguarding focal points were appointed across CAF’s 54 Member Associations to oversee, among other things, the safety and security of young footballers from the continent.

As part of the partnership, the Confédération Africaine de Football previously rolled out safeguarding workshops, highlighting their commitment to ensuring a safe football environment. These workshops provide educators from different schools with the knowledge to safeguard footballers and young people involved in the game. The CAF’s dedication to safeguarding and providing training and resources for those involved ensures that football is a safe and enjoyable environment for all.

In addition, CAF has been working to ensure football safeguarding through partnerships, as seen in its successful collaboration with Mission 89 on anti-doping. The football body also offers online courses such as CAF Safeguarding Training, which covers early help and is available on Virtual College.

Ahead of the workshop, extensive research and monitoring of the concerning incidents of trafficking, exploitation and abuse of African footballers has been conducted by both CAF and Mission 89, with the aim of designing a programme that would equip member associations with the knowledge and skills to combat the scourge faced by many African players.

This marks the second workshop conducted by Mission 89 and CAF in recent times. In April last year, the two parties commemorated the International Day of Sports with Training Programmes for 120 CAF Safeguarding Officers, which addressed topics such as safeguarding in football and anti-human trafficking.

More details about the workshop will be communicated in due course.

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