Safe Sport 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 at 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 centring 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:
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:
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.
The statutory duties of an SSI Trustee are to:
As an international member of the Board of Trustees, you will:
The above list of duties is indicative only and not exhaustive. You will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.
The length of service of a Trustee is 3 years, which may be renewed for a further 3 years by agreement. This is a voluntary and non-salaried position, and all approved travel and other reasonable expenses can be reimbursed. The time commitment requires attendance and preparation for a Trustee induction training event, plus four Board meetings of Trustees which are held annually, with occasional sub-committees and working groups. An annual Board development day will be held. Attendance may be required at other high-profile events, networking and conferences, diary permitting. Given the international nature of the Board of Trustees most events and meetings are held via the internet.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for suitably qualified individuals located anywhere in the world, who are passionate about SSI’s mission and who have a record of accomplishment of board level leadership. Trustees will have achieved leadership in sport, business, finance, accounting, government, philanthropy, or the not-for-profit sector. Their accomplishments and networks will allow them to attract other well-qualified potential Trustees. The Board of Trustees collectively needs skills and experience in:
We expect our Trustees to have a strong empathy with our vision to create an environment in which international sport can be practiced free from threats to athlete safety. We are seeking candidates with experience, skills, and expertise in any two of the following:
Our internationally recruited Trustees are jointly and severally responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Charity, its financial health, the probity of its activities and developing the organisation’s aims, objectives, and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines. Your personal attributes should include:
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
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