Whilst other (inter-) national sport governing bodies developed prevention strategies on sexual harassment and abuse in sport in the late 1990s or early 2000s, it was only recently Flemish authorities took action. One of the developed policy instruments is the flag system, an educational tool to assist sport stakeholders in the assessment of sexual behaviour involving children. The flag system is ... [Show full abstract] based on six assessment criteria: consent, equality, free will, age appropriateness, context appropriateness and self-respect. It gives a score on the six criteria and a global degree of seriousness (coloured flag from green, over yellow and red, to black) to assess situations whereby children’s sexual integrity might be violated. Each flag requires an appropriate reaction towards the victim, perpetrator and potential bystanders. This tool presents 30 situations in which sexual behaviour involving athletes are depicted, assessed and commented. It aims at raising awareness about sexual harassment, encouraging stakeholders to reflect on children’s sexual integrity and empowering athletes to speak up about their experiences with unwanted behaviour.
A critical evaluation of this tool and its position within the broader Flemish prevention policy will be given during this presentation.