Safeguarding Participants in Rowing from Harassment & Abuse 

FISA believes that it is a fundamental right of all individuals involved with FISA to be able to participate in a non-violent, safe and respectful environment.

FISA acknowledges its duty of care in this regard and is committed to creating and supporting an environment and a culture free from harassment and abuse. The welfare of all individuals involved with FISA is paramount.  Behaviour and actions that constitute harassment and abuse will not be tolerated. 

All forms of harassment and abuse constitute a violation of the FISA Code of Ethics and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Code of Ethics.

FISA Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Participants in Rowing from Harassment & Abuse:

2020 Safeguarding Policy & Procedures – 3 column marked-up version – approved 18.10.2020

2019 Safeguarding Policy 

2019 Safeguarding Procedures

FISA Safeguarding Report Form:

FISA Incident Reporting Form - PDF

FISA Incident Reporting Form - Word Document



2020 Event Safeguarding Officers - V2

For any questions regarding FISA’s Policy & Procedures on Safeguarding, please contact the FISA Safeguarding Officer:​​


IOC Resources on Safeguarding

The IOC Safeguarding Toolkit has been created to assist the Olympic Movement to develop and implement athlete-safeguarding policies and procedures. Please click here for the toolkit. 

To complement the toolkit and ensure that athletes, their entourage and other individuals understand the core components of this sensitive topic, a free bite-size IOC Athlete Safeguarding e-learning course has been developed and launched on the IOC Athlete Learning Gateway. Please click here for the e-learning course.

Additional Resources

JCM - 23 November 2019 - Safeguarding Workshop

Research presentation, Sandi Kirby, 2019 World Rowing Coaches Conference

FISA Code of Ethics

IOC Code of Ethics

IOC Consensus Statement 2016: Harassment and Abuse in Sport

International Safeguarding Children in Sport guidelines - this is available in several languages

Safe Sport International 

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Council of Europe: Article 1. (ii) of the European Sports Charter (version dated 2001)

UNESCO: Article 10.1 of the Revised International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport (version dated 2015)

UN Declaration of Human Rights