Violence and abuse prevention

We share a responsibility to prevent violence. Sports and youth associations should respond to all incidents that come their way, big or small. For best practice, many things need to be considered before an incident occurs. In this way, we will increase the likelihood that everybody can have a great season filled with activities.

Contingency plan for youth activities

Sports and youth clubs offer a variety of activities, but it is important that everyone there feels good participating. People should be safe and should not be harassed.

Incidents such as bullying, violence and harassment may occur. In those cases it is important that clubs react in a coordinated and good manner.

Important to keep in mind when incidents arise:

  • Take all notifications seriously.
  • Respond as quickly as possible.
  • Show appropriate behavior, keep calm and listen carefully to the child's story without interrupting.
  • Do not pressure a child if they do not want to share more.
  • Accept the information your child gives you without asking leading questions.
  • Make decisions in matters concerning adults in consultation with the person concerned.
  • Encourage the person to contact the police if the matter concerns a violation of the law.
  • The club must protect the victim and facilitate the person to continue participation.

Code of conduct

It is important that clubs inform their staff and volunteers on what is expected of them in terms of behavior and conduct. For that, you need to have a code of conduct which states what happens if it is not followed. It is also important to discuss the rules and how to act, regardless of whether it is staff, volunteers or participants.

Online course for staff and volunteers

Specialists at The National Agency for Children and Families have designed an interactive online course covering sexual and gender-based violence in collaboration with the Icelandic Youth Forum.

Recruiting staff and volunteers

When recruiting new staff and volunteers, follow a checklist that includes:

  • Verifying recommendations
  • Checking criminal records
  • Presenting Codes of Ethics to new recruits
  • Presenting the Response Plan to new recruits
  • Verifying that new recruits have completed obligatory online courses on sexual violence and
  • harassment

Support

Communication counsellor

A communication counsellor is here to listen, support, and assist you in all cases related to inappropriate behaviour or abuse within organized sports or youth activities.

Police

The police in Iceland help people who have suffered abuse of any kind. Police see abuse in close relationships as a very serious matter.

Child Protection Services

Child protection service committees in each municipality help children who exist in unacceptable living conditions and provide support for families.