Introduction to Safe Sports International
Safe Sport International’s (SSI) mission is to work in collaboration to ensure the elimination globally of all forms of non-accidental violence, abuse and harassment against athletes, coaches, officials, and other involved parties of all ages. SSI will become the point of expertise, coordination, advocacy, and dissemination, enabling the transfer of knowledge and best practice across nations along with consultancy and training. Safe Sport International seeks to end all forms of non-accidental violence - that is those perpetrated knowingly and deliberately, that undermine both the mental and physical health of the athlete and the integrity of sport. Sadly, there is plenty of evidence that such violence happens in sport. SSI feels that the time is right for a coordinated international effort to prevent and respond to this violence as part of the global effort to uphold and protect the sporting values that we all cherish. For more information, please visit SSI’s website.
SSI is developing a reputation for excellent service delivery and a collaborative approach with international partners. SSI seeks to influence and work in collaboration with intra and extra governmental partners, non-governmental agencies, human and child rights organisations and sports infrastructure bodies. For example, we collaborate with United Nations agencies, the Council of Europe and EPAS, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Centre for Sport and Human Rights, the International Safeguards for Children Advisory Group, the IOC FIFA, in addition to providing services to, international and national sports organisations, competitive sport delivery organisations, athletes and participants in sport.
Our current focus has involved a commitment to centreing the athlete experience in everything we do – through representation in our advisory group, consultation with survivor organisations, project focus groups, and our next conference which will involve athletes of all ages (including those with lived experience of abuse) in every part of the event.
As the lead organization working globally to eliminate non-accidental violence against athletes SSI works to:
- Set the standard for the minimum infrastructure that should be in place internationally, and nationally in organisations to safeguard athletes involved in sport;
- Develop and communicate safeguarding practices for sport;
- Assist National and International Federations with their capacity to deliver safe sport through training and consultancy;
- Organise International Conferences for Safe Sport disseminating excellent practice, research, and support with a view to developing an international framework which will support and monitor progress.
International Board Trustee Role Summary
Recruited globally, SSI Board Trustees oversee the Charity’s reputation, strategy, finances, operations, and governance, working with outstanding partners, such as UN Agencies, the Council of Europe, IOC and national governing sports bodies, their leadership and operational management.
According to the UK Charity Commission, there are six essential duties of a Trustee:
- To ensure your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit;
- To comply with your charity’s governing document and the law;
- To act in your charity’s best interests;
- To manage your charity’s resources responsibly;
- To act with reasonable care and skill;
- To ensure your charity is accountable.
New board trustees will have a passion for safeguarding in sport and have the confidence and ability to become part of an experienced and highly motivated Board guiding SSI’s future.
Because of the international nature of the SSI Board Trustees, meetings are held predominantly via the internet and may involve meetings at unsocial hours due to the international nature of the group. It meets 4 four times a year. Attendance is an important consideration.
For further information on the responsibilities of the role and the person specification, please view SSI's Trustees' Recruitment Pack.
How to Apply
Applications should be made by submitting a letter explaining in no more than two sides of A4 how you feel you could benefit SSI as a Trustee. In addition, please include a CV and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form. Applications should be emailed to email@example.com.