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New members appointed to the International Safeguarding Children in Sport Advisory Board

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New members appointed to the International Safeguarding Children in Sport Advisory Board

The International Safeguarding Children in Sport Advisory Board is proud to announce the appointment of four new members in June 2018.

These new members bring diverse perspectives on sport and safeguarding, helping make sure the International Safeguards can make all sport safer – whatever the sport, country or context.

The new members are:

Caroline Baxter Tresise 

Caroline is a Consultant in youth and sport at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and the Manager of the Asia-Pacific Youth and Sport Task Force. She is also the Chair of the Ethics Committee of the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA). Caroline will bring her experience in youth development at the grassroots level to the Advisory Board, focusing on empowering youth to become advocates for the Safeguards and supporting the implementation of the Safeguards by different sports organisations.

Kalyani Subramanyam

Kalyani is the Program Director at The Naz Foundation (India) Trust, a Delhi-based NGO working on gender, health and rights since 1994. Naz has implemented a sports-based women’s empowerment programme that has impacted the lives of more than 75,000 adolescent girls across India. Kalyani’s extensive experience in female empowerment and creating safe spaces for women through sport will be a valuable and important addition to the Advisory Board. 

Kupakwashe Mukurumbira

Kupa is the Founder and Chairperson of Dominion Sport (Zimbabwe), a sport for development organisation that uses sport to promote social development. He is a Sport Development Officer at the Sport and Recreation Commission with expertise in safe sport research and safe sport policy development. In 2014, he was a lead researcher in a study on safe sport practices in Zimbabwe, which found low levels of safety in sport for children, especially girls and the disabled. Kupa is committed to advancing safe sport in Africa and he will bring a new regional and continental perspective to the Advisory Board.

Delroy Alexander

Delroy is the Chairman of the Sacred Sports Foundation in St. Lucia. With an extensive background in sports administration, Delroy is currently working to establish internationally recognised safeguarding standards in the Caribbean. He has also implemented child safeguarding programmes in St. Lucia, Grenada and St. Vincent, bringing practical experience and new perspectives to the Advisory Board.

Liz Twyford, Head of Sports Programmes at UNICEF UK and one of the original founders of the initiative said “We are delighted to welcome four such impressive new members to our advisory board. They bring tremendous experience of safeguarding from different countries and continents, practical understanding of the issues affecting children playing sport, as well as expertise in the fields of both policy and research. We are honoured to have them join the initiative.”

Overall the Safeguards aim to:

  • Help create a safe sporting environment for children wherever they participate and at whatever level
  • Provide guidance to sports providers so they can ensure organisations they work with know how to protect children
  • Promote good practice for sporting organisations to follow and challenge practice that is harmful to children
  • Provide clarity on safeguarding children so all those involved in sport know how to keep children safe

For more information on the initiative, visit the UNICEF website

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Liz Twyford, UNICEF

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 14:00