Chief Safeguarding Officer
The British Kickboxing Council's primary goal is to be recognised as the national governing body for the sport here in the UK, increasing participation, improving engagement with all areas of the wider community and developing each Discipline of Kickboxing from grassroots to elite performance.
Our sport has reached a pivotal point in its history, with the BKC itself also celebrating a milestone 10th year in operation, as we now work more closely with leading bodies within the sector than ever before. Our work on inclusion with UK Deaf Sport, Pride Sports and the Muslim Women's Sport Foundation, alongside our work on the Safeguarding Code with the NSPCC, DCMS and Sport England, has cemented our place at the forefront of our industry. Similarly, our membership to the WSA, SSA, NISF, Sport and Recreation Alliance and Activity Alliance gives us a unique position in the UK's sporting landscape as a whole.
About The Role
The Chief Safeguarding Officer will own our Child Protection and Well-being policy management and implementation process and ensure the provision of expert advice, support and arbitration on Safeguarding matters. This includes acting as a liaison with the Sports Councils, NSPCC and DCMS, especially in relation to the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts (for which we are the primary contact for Kickboxing).
Another key part of the role will be managing the assessment of the Code’s criteria, as well as that of our own Kitemark standards for Clubs and events, either directly or via a team of volunteers.
Sitting on our Executive Board and working within our Audit & Risk Committee, the focus will be:
- Writing, updating and disseminating policy and procedure documents
- Forming a team of trained volunteers to provide bespoke support at club and event level, including performing assessments and delivering training
- Working with our Member Bodies, Clubs, Coaches and Officials to further develop our sport’s grassroots offering (especially at a junior level), with a holistic approach to Safeguarding
- (Optional) We are also looking for senior BKC representatives to become qualified tutors for relevant UK Coaching workshops (which we are now licensed to deliver)
We are looking for someone with a strong understanding of Safeguarding from a legal and implementation perspective. Experience with auditing, assessment and training is ideal, while a passion for sport would be a benefit. The successful candidate will be able to provide sound advice and guidance at an NGB, club and event level, both as a preventative measure and in response to particular incidents.
We are keen to grow the team around Safeguarding, and particularly Kitemark assessment/support (which also covers areas such as Health & Safety, Equality/Diversity/Inclusion and Coaching Standards), so a proven ability to develop and manage a team would also be a plus.
Time Commitment And Location
All Board members (Executive, Non-Executive, Directors and Officers) volunteer what time they can, estimates at a minimum of two days per month. We hold a face-to-face AGM, alongside regular (at least monthly) remote meetings with members of the Board and relevant Committees.
Attendance at these meetings is preferred, where possible, in addition to self-managed work and coordination with other members of the BKC. The term is 3 years, with a maximum of 3 terms for the role.
There are currently no remuneration packages for any Board members or Officers of the BKC, although some expenses are covered where appropriate. As the BKC and the roles within it grow, this policy will be reviewed.
How to apply
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Closing date for applications is 31 October 2019