Polly Swann (b), Holly Hill (s), Women's Pair, Great Britain, 2019 World Rowing Cup III, Rotterdam, Netherlands


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

World Rowing 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 World Rowing is paramount.  Behavior and actions that constitute harassment and abuse will not be tolerated.

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


For any questions regarding World Rowing’s Policy & Procedures on Safeguarding, please contact the World Rowing 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.

IOC Consensus Statement 2016: Harassment and Abuse in Sport

Additional Resources

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

Safe Sport International

International helplines:

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