Gov’t work­ing to safe­guard chil­dren in sports

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

– Grange

SPEAK­ING IN yes­ter­day’s sit­ting of Par­lia­ment, Min­is­ter of Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange noted that her of­fice has ini­ti­ated dis­cus­sions with col­league min­is­ters of health and ed­u­ca­tion, as well as youth and in­for­ma­tion, to re­view pro­to­cols and pol­icy guide­lines, to bet­ter pro­tect and serve stu­dent ath­letes.

The tech­ni­cal team in her min­istry has been in dis­cus­sions with the In­ter-Sec­ondary Schools Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (ISSA), which gov­erns the Man­ning and daCosta Cup foot­ball com­pe­ti­tions as well as the Boys and Girls Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships, among other school sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to Grange, there will be the es­tab­lish­ment of an in­ter-min­is­te­rial work­ing group/task force on Safe­guard­ing Chil­dren in Sport.

She ex­plained that this task force will ex­am­ine the role of Gov­ern­ment in the pro­vi­sion of re­sources and ca­pac­ity build­ing, as well as in the set­ting, im­ple­ment­ing, mon­i­tor­ing and en­forc­ing of stan­dards re­lated to the par­tic­i­pa­tion of chil­dren in sports.

CHIL­DREN’S SUIT­ABIL­ITY

The task force will have re­spon­si­bil­ity for de­ter­min­ing the suit­abil­ity of chil­dren to par­tic­i­pate in sport, crit­i­cal­in­ci­dent man­age­ment, and re­port­ing pro­ce­dures.

Grange as­sured pro­to­col on the pro­vi­sion of med­i­cal and other ser­vices at train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion, and train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in safety and re­sponse.

Grange spoke about plans to ad­vance the devel­op­ment of a pol­icy for the safe­guard­ing and pro­tec­tion of chil­dren in

GRANGE

sport.

She noted that the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion, the Of­fice of Chil­dren’s Registry, the Child the Devel­op­ment Agency and the Chil­dren’s Ad­vo­cate will work to build a part­ner­ship for cre­at­ing a safe en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren in sport.

Im­por­tantly, Grange said safe­guard­ing ac­tions should take prece­dence to en­sure that chil­dren are pro­tected against abuses, in­clud­ing: over­train­ing and train­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in sport with­out proper nu­tri­tion.

She said they should not be forced to play while in­jured or while hav­ing a lack of or in­ad­e­quate health and di­ag­nos­tic checks or ex­po­sure to pro­hib­ited sub­stances.

She also warned against sex­ual abuse, and men­tal and emo­tional abuse, where, ac­cord­ing to Grange, chil­dren are made to feel like fail­ures if they do not per­form at a cer­tain level.

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