From National public authorities related to sport (Ministries and government departments)

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Kirsty BURROWS

Consultant on Prevention of harassment and abuse, International Olympic Committee (IOC), United Kingdom

Member of the PSS+ expert group

 

Consultant working in the prevention of harassment and abuse in sport.

Author of the IOC Toolkit for International Federations and National Olympic Committees related to creating and implementing policies and procedures to safeguard athletes from harassment and abuse in sport.

 This toolkit was developed with the support of four IOC Commissions, and in collaboration with subject matter experts and stakeholders both inside and outside of the Olympic Movement.

 Such extensive collaboration afforded the unique opportunity to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the international landscape of athlete safeguarding in sports today.


Main (personal / organisational) achievements in the field of preventing and combating sexual violence (towards children) in sport

Development of:

  • The IOC Toolkit for IFs and NOCs related to creating and implementing policies and procedures to safeguard athletes from harassment and abuse in sport
  • The IOC Guidelines for IFs and NOCs related to creating and implementing policies and procedures to safeguard athletes from harassment and abuse in sport
  • The IOC framework for safeguarding athletes and other participants from harassment and abuse in sport (Games Time Period)
  • The IOC Athlete Safeguarding educational course, for athletes and entourage members

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Satu HEIKKINEN

Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Education and Culture – Sports Division, Finland

Member of the PSS+ expert group

 

I am Senior Ministerial Advisor in the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. During my twenty year career in ministries (Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the already mentioned), I have worked in several departments and units but always been involved with issues concerning human rights and international cooperation. I have been working in my current position on international cooperation and ethics in sport since 2010. I am a member of the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS), the Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention (T-DO), the Ad Hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA).


Main (personal / organisational) achievements in the field of preventing and combating sexual violence (towards children) in sport

Alexandre HUSTING

Adviser, Ministry of sport, Permanent representation of the Luxembourg to the EU, Luxembourg

Member of the PSS+ expert group

 

I am an advisor for international and European affairs for the Ministry of Sports of Luxembourg. In this context I cover the theme of sport in various international organisations (EU, UNESCO, CoE, etc.). I am also attaché for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport at the Permanent Representation. As such, I cover these 4 sectors during meetings at different levels "in Brussels".


Main (personal / organisational) achievements in the field of preventing and combating sexual violence (towards children) in sport

Belen LARA MARTINEZ

Head of International Cooperation in Sport, High Council for Sport, Spain

Member of the PSS+ expert group

 

As Head of the International Relations Service of the High Council for Sport, I participate in various international projects on child abuse in sport, and in particular the Pro Safe Sport + Project with the Council of Europe. I have also been part of the technical team of the Erasmus+ ‘I-Protect’ project for the creation of a platform for the protection of minors in the sports field. Likewise, I have participated actively, and as an organiser, in various programs, and seminars on the subject on the protection of minors in its broad sense rather than specifically in the sexual field.

 

Anne TIIVAS

Director of the Child Protection in Sport Unit, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), UK / Chair of the Safe Sport International

Member of the PSS+ expert group

 

I am a qualified and currently registered (Health and Social Care Council) social worker, qualifying in 1982. I had over 20 years local authority child protection services experience as a practitioner, principal training officer and child protection co-ordinator. This involved direct work with children who were sexually abused, chairing child protection conferences, quality assurance and being the council’s representative on multi-agency public protection forums to manage sexual and violent offenders in the community.

I am Director of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (joining the Unit at its launch in 2001) which provides safeguarding and child protection support and quality assurance to over 200 national governing bodies of sport and sports partnerships in the UK.

I am chair of Safe Sport International, the new NGO which aims to prevent all forms of violence against athletes. I have written extensively on violence against children in sport and have presented at many international events, including UN and IOC events over the past 16 years. I have contributed to sexual violence prevention projects  including the development of the IOC’s sexual harassment and abuse prevention resources and presented these to forums such as the first Women in Sport Forum for Africa and Asia organised by the IOC and Olympic Council of Asia.


Main (personal / organisational) achievements in the field of preventing and combating sexual violence (towards children) in sport

  • Over 200 national sports organisations meeting our Advanced Standards for Protecting Children in Sport over 15 years
  • Co- author of the IOC Consensus : harassment and abuse in Sport 2016
  • The NSPCC’s world leading resources to combat sexual violence
  • Founding member of the International Safeguards for Children in Sport group which has developed International Safeguards and guidance following successful pilots with over 50 organisations globally
  • Winner Unicef UK International Safeguarding in Sport Award 2016 at the Beyond Sport Summit

Jord VANDENHOUDT

Policy Officer, Sport Vlaanderen / Sports Flanders Agency, Belgium

 

I work as a policy officer on the broad theme of ethics, equal opportunities, and integrity. This work addresses the social and societal role of sport. Integrity is approached as a broad concept (physical, psychological, sexual violence). This has seen Sport Vlaanderen stimulate work on themes such as bullying in sport. I also work on another integrity issue, match fixing, following up with the Council of Europe’s Macolin Convention. Recent work has also been conducted on the added value of sport for employability skills of vulnerable groups. Previously I also held a position with the National anti-doping organisation in Flanders, working on preventing doping in sport.

I hold a Master of Science in Business Economics and a Master of International Business Economics degree of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, with a specialisation in Human Resources Management. In my spare time, I hold the position of secretary of an athletics club and am a member of the Panathlon International club of Leuven, known for the Panathlon declaration of ethics in youth sport.


Main (personal / organisational) achievements in the field of preventing and combating sexual violence (towards children) in sport

  • Recognising and subsidising of and working with our partner organisation the International Centre for Ethics in Sport (ICES): http://www.ethicsandsport.com/english
  • Producing policy framework and an educational tool on sexual integrity (Flag system): www.sportmetgrenzen.be
  • Government decree/law on stimulating a healthy and ethical sports practice, with the introduction of a network of sport stakeholders: https://cjsm.be/gezondsporten/themas/ethisch-sporten
  • Stimulating an intersectoral approach on integrity with the domains of Education, Youth work and Welfare

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Lore VANDEVIVERE

Policy officer on Integrity, International Centre for Ethics in Sport (ICES), Belgium

 

I work for the International Centre for Ethics in Sport (ICES), an organisation recognised by the Flemish government to support the sports community in ethical issues: bullying, parenting, good governance, integrity. I am a specialist on integrity.


Main (personal / organisational) achievements in the field of preventing and combating sexual violence (towards children) in sport

Arne AERTS

Policy officers on Integrity, International Centre for Ethics in Sport (ICES), Belgium

 

I work for the International Centre for Ethics in Sport (ICES), an organisation recognised by the Flemish government to support the sports community in ethical issues: bullying, parenting, good governance, integrity. I am a specialist on integrity.


Main (personal / organisational) achievements in the field of preventing and combating sexual violence (towards children) in sport