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Safe Sport International Re-launches FREE i-Protect Programme with Enhanced Features for Individuals

Safe Sport International (SSI), the leading global charity focused on safeguarding athletes of all ages, announced a re-launch of its popular i-Protect programme, free to learners across the sport sector.

i-Protect offers an invaluable learning opportunity, equipping you to establish a safe environment, protected from abuse, where sports can be enjoyed to the full. i-Protect will release in a 3-step process over the next few months, part of its continuing evolution as a key foundation of education and training for those working towards safeguarding of athletes, especially safeguarding officers and volunteers in national and international sport federations.

“The wealth of excellent information on keeping your sport safe is far easier to access with the refreshed i-Protect pages. Our route begins with the re-launch of our “Individual” module, and at the end of October 2022 will re-release the refreshed “Club” module. This is quality material that will benefit beginners and experts alike. We look forward to robust feedback from those taking the course for the first time, or as a refresher for continuing education,” said Willma King, Chair of the SSI Education, Training and Consultancy Committee, a consortium of experts from around the world focused on providing top-level learning products with a trauma-informed focus.

The SSI Education, Training and Consultancy Committee designed the i-Protect learning platform as a service to bring the sport sector increased opportunities for safeguarding education essential for all engaged at any level in sport activity. A unique feature of i-Protect is its high-level curriculum offered entirely for free.

i-Protect was initiated as a co-funded European Erasmus Plus project. It was developed in collaboration with experts from five countries drawing on research experts from UK and Belgium universities alongside survivors of abuse. Consequently, i-Protect offers expert and authentic learning and is the only whole-club approach to safeguarding learning. We have developed the service in response to messages received from many people across the sporting world, including athletes and specialists.

The “Individual” route introduced today is intended to help users in the safeguarding community understand and prepare for learning in a particular role within sport. This pathway allows an Individual to access a full range of safeguarding learning specifically tailored to highlight key points, trends, and to respond to safeguarding concerns in our sport sector. Individual users include safeguarding officers, human resources professionals, safe sport coordinators as well as parent and adult volunteers to youth and adult sport organisations.

“There's a tremendous amount of sport safeguarding information and resources free on the i-Protect pages. I will certainly be making use of it now,” said Kris Fondran, Skate Coach.

The “Club” route pathway that will be re-launched in October is a refresh of a similar learning opportunity focused on entire clubs or organisations whose leaders are seeking to establish a healthy and safe environment for all athletes and those working to support them. SSI is offering new co-branding opportunities for Clubs, so Clubs, federations, sporting councils or governing bodies can offer a managed service to effectively and efficiently add the i-Protect platform freely and with consistency across their own audiences and communities.

i-Protect offers an invaluable learning opportunity, equipping you to establish a safe environment, protected from abuse, where sports can be enjoyed to the full.

The i-Protect platform is the second learning product launched by SSI and developed by its Education, Training, and Consultancy Committee in 2022. In April, SSI introduced a new course on its platform entitled “Safeguarding Responsibilities in Sport,” which has grown in popularity among those serving as volunteers in sport governance, coaches, adults involved in club sport, and parents of young athletes.

“The SSI "Safeguarding Responsibilities in Sport" course delivers a very comprehensive presentation for people who work, volunteer, or are in any way interested in sport. Those serving on Boards or Commissions may find it helpful in providing information on the evolving area of safeguarding, and the impact it can have on volunteer leadership and governance, especially within international sport federations,” said Lori Okimura, Sport Director, World ParaVolley.

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