The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports partnered with UK Sport, Youth Sport Trust and Caribbean Sport & Development Agency to host a Safeguarding & Child Protection in Sports Symposium for Physical Education Teachers, coaches and other sports affiliates.
Honourable Shawn Edward, Minister with responsibility for Youth Development & Sports encouraged the participants to honour their duties to the children of Saint Lucia and sports development.
He noted that sports not only serves as an avenue for fitness and career opportunities but also provides a safe haven for many children from their daily struggles; therefore safe environments should be provided for them.
The appeal was made by the Hon. Shawn Edward, and the Director of Human Services, Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis who addressed the participants to safeguard the welfare of children, especially those left in their care.
Through its Schools Sports Porgramme, the Ministry of Youth Development & Sports reaches an estimated 50,000 children island wide. It is against this backdrop, “Safeguarding” an emerging
international practice is high on the agenda of the Ministry’s programming. The symposium aims to create greater awareness and advocacy in safeguarding for persons engaged in sports activities for children.