Anne Tiivas OBE is the Chair of Safe Sport International (SSI), the leading global charity focused on safeguarding athletes of all ages. SSI is known worldwide for its three key areas of focus: research, education, training and consultancy, and athlete voice. Anne is the former Director of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) where she worked for nearly 18 years until September 2019. In 2016, the CPSU received the UNICEF International Safeguarding Children in Sport award at the Beyond Sport Summit.
Anne was centrally involved in shaping and monitoring National Safeguarding Standards for Children in Sport in the UK from 2001. As a founding member of the International Safeguards for Children in Sport initiative in 2012 and current Chair of its Advisory Group, she continues to support the development of the project to promote adoption and implementation of the Safeguards in collaboration with UNICEF UK, Loughborough University, and a coalition of sports bodies across the globe. SSI is currently in the process of developing Inclusive Safeguards for Adults in Sport which will build on and link to this work.
Anne advises international and national sports bodies, international governmental agencies, and other groups, on child and adult protection and safeguarding in sport. She is a Director of the International Olympic Committee Safeguarding Officer Certificate Course. Anne is a member of the ‘I Coach Kids’ (ICK) Global Movement Committee and she has been a member of FIFA’s Expert group on Child Safeguarding. She is passionate about inclusion, child and human rights in sport, as the basis for everyone being able to participate in sport in a safe inclusive and enjoyable environment.
Anne has collaborated on several European projects on safeguarding in youth sport, most recently for the European Union and Council of Europe’s ‘Child Safeguarding in Sport’ project where SSI was the international expert organisation. She was appointed to the Council of Europe’s new Pool of International Experts on Safe Sport in 2022.
Anne has written extensively on the topic of safeguarding in and through sport and is co-author of a chapter in the 2017 Oxford Textbook of Children’s Sport and Exercise Medicine – Protecting child athletes from medical mismanagement and other forms of (non-accidental) violence in sport. She is a co-author of the 2016 “IOC Consensus Statement: Harassment and Abuse (non-accidental violence) in Sport.”
Dr. Daniel Rhind
Daniel is a Chartered Psychologist and a Reader in Psychology at Loughborough University. Daniel’s research focuses on the realisation of human rights in, around and through sport. His research was fundamental in the development of the International Safeguards for Children in Sport. The Safeguards are now endorsed by over 400 organisations which collectively work with over 50 million children worldwide. He also managed Project CARE which involved a global census of elite athletes’ experiences regarding how their rights were realised or violated as children in sport. Daniel has an on-going collaboration with the Child Protection in Sport Unit to collate and analyse safeguarding case data. This work has evidenced the need to safeguard children against abuse by a person in a Position of Trust within sport. As a result of this work, sport has been incorporated within related legislation that is currently going through parliament. This will ensure that the age of consent for sexual activity involving an athlete aged 16 or 17 will be increased to 18 and bring sport in line with other sectors such as education, social care and healthcare.
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Mark is a Director and co-founder of the Caribbean Sport and Development Agency and is an enthusiastic and passionate Sport for Development leader dedicated to the promotion of sport and physical education as building blocks for the development of Caribbean people.
Before taking up responsibilities as Regional Coordinator of the Australian Caribbean Community Sport Development Program in 2003, Mark served as a Teacher Educator at the Physical Education Department at Corinth Teachers’ College in South Trinidad. Mark has also been a lecturer at the Sport and Physical Education Department of the University of the West Indies and played a lead role in the development of academic programs in sport, physical education and sport for development at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, the University of the West Indies and the Regional Sports Academy (Suriname).
Mark has served as a National Youth Coach, Technical Director and Sport Administrator in the sport of volleyball.
Recognised as a thought-leader in the international sport for development fraternity, Mark has served on several international, regional and national agencies over the years, including the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport (CABOS), the CARICOM Physical Education and Sport Advisory Committee and the CARICOM Task Force for Child Rights and Child Protection. Mark is presently serving on the International Safeguarding Children in Sport Advisory Board, the UNICEF /Barcelona Foundation Sport for Development for Children Working Group, the Trinidad and Tobago NCD Alliance and the First Citizens Sports Foundation.
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Sandra Kirby PhD, O.C. (Sociology of Sport)
Sandra (Hon. Secretary, SSI) is Professor Emerita at the University of Winnipeg, Canada where until recently she was Associate Vice-President (Academic), and Dean of Graduate Studies. A former Olympic rower (1976), she is a competitive cross-country skier, a masters rowing coach and was a FISA international umpire for rowing until the end of 2014. Sandra completed the first national quantitative survey of sexual harassment and abuse amongst Canadian Olympic and high performance athletes (1996). In 1993 she was one of the founding members of the WomenSport International Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Abuse (Chaired by Celia Brackenridge) and was also a member of a UNICEF expert working group advising on research and policy to prevent violence against children in sport from 2007-2009. She has authored a number of books including The Dome of Silence: Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Sport (Fernwood, 2000) and Experience Research and Social Change: Methods Beyond the Mainstream (Broadview 2006). Her latest books are Playing It Forward: 50 Years of Women and Sport in Canada (with Demers, Greaves and Lay), 2013 – in which she authored a chapter on sexual abuse in sport and another on gender verification and Experience, Research Social change (2016). Currently she is on the Advisory Committee for the “Out in the Fields”, a study of some 10,000 athletes and homophobia. She is also the leader of the Canadian educational reform programme for training national and international rowing umpires.
Sandra’s selected awards include:
- Canadian Rowing Hall of Fame inductee 2019
- Canada Sorts Hall of Fame inductee 2018
- Rowing Canada Aviron, National Umpire of the Year Award, 2014, Manitoba Umpire of the Year 2016
- Rowing Canada Aviron, 40 Year Service Award, for volunteer and continuous service to the sport of rowing in Canada, 2016
- Selected only Canadian FISA umpire for Paralympic Games, London 2012
- Selected to Pan American Games FISA Jury, 2011
- Selected to FISA international Juries for World Cups, Under-23 Championships and World Masters Games
- YMCA/YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, 2003
- CAAWS Breakthrough Award: ‘Herstory’ category, 2001
- Governor General’s Medal – Canada 125 Medal for Service to Canada, Governor General of Canada, Ottawa, 1993
- Canadian Olympian (1976 – rowing); winner of numerous national and international honours as a single sculler and later as a masters-age rower and cross-country skier