Safe Play Policy

Safe Play Policy


Chess should be a safe and inclusive place for everyone. To work further towards this goal, our commission has paired up with the “Women In Chess” Foundation, a non-profit organization.

We will cooperate with the Women in Chess Foundation on two projects: the Advocates Initiative and the SafePolicy Program.


The Advocates Initiative

The Advocates Initiative of the Women In Chess Foundation aims to provide independent advocates at chess tournaments to create a safer environment and support any players who may need it. Advocates are trained to identify and respond to potential safety issues, as well as provide emotional support and resources to players who may be experiencing harassment, discrimination, or other forms of mistreatment. The idea of having advocates on-site is to foster a more inclusive and supportive community for all players, and promote the values of respect and fair play in the game of chess. More information on advocates and the initiative can be found here.

SafePolicy Program

The ECU Women’s Commission is taking another step in implementing a new policy that shall be adopted into the ECU European Fair Play and Safe Play Policies later this year.

 “The SafePolicy Program is an initiative to help clubs and federations with the process of drafting and implementing new SafePlay guidelines into their organisation. The WICF SafePolicy Program goes beyond traditional safety measures. It focuses on proactive planning and response strategies, ensuring that chess events become spaces where everyone can thrive.“ Emilia Castelao, CEO of the Women in Chess

Cooperation with the ECU Federations in 2024

One free advocate training session per federation

Together with the Women In Chess Foundation, we want to increase the number of advocates in Europe. We therefore offer each federation one free place at an advocate training session. Training sessions will take place online on the following dates:

  • March 3, 2024
  • April 7, 2024
  • April 27, 2024

What the advocacy training will involve

Advocacy training will consist of a full day online seminar. Thereby participants will learn about a wide range of topics, such as:

  • Introduction to Advocacy
  • Understanding Trauma and Misconduct in Chess
  • Sexual Misconduct Awareness and Education
  • Physical and Emotional Misconduct
  • Power Imbalances and Misconduct
  • Safety Planning for Tournaments and Federations
  • Crisis Intervention during or after Tournaments
  • Advocacy Skills
  • Self-care and Burnout for Advocates