1. Who was consulted in the development of the Unified Code and the Safe Sport Programme?
The development of the Unified Code and the Safe Sport Programme was guided by the following international frameworks on safeguarding in sport.
The International Olympic Committe’s Prevention of Harrassment and Abuse Initiatives (PHAS) includes the 2016 Consensus Statement: harassment and abuse (non-accidental violence) in sport, which provides evidence and research regarding these harmful behaviours and their impacts.
Jurisdictions like the US, Canada and Australia have developed frameworks appropriate to their sporting landscapes.
The Safe Sport Unified Code and the Safe Sport Programme is based on these universal concepts and international evidence but also contextualised for Singapore’s sporting landscape and the sporting community through extensive consultations.
2. If I am not a National Sports Association, can I adopt the Unified Code?
Any sports organisation may adopt the Unified Code by referencing to it in their organisational safeguarding policies.
Harmonisation and Accessibility are the two guiding principles of the Safe Sport Programme and providing a single framework for all levels of sport and different types of sporting organisations is one of the key objectives.
For example, commercial sports organisations that wish to have access to the policy repository, training and education resources and train a safeguarding officer may become Affiliate Members of the Safe Sport Programme.
A pilot scheme for Affiliate Members will commence in 2022.
3. What are the benefits to becoming a Member Organisation of the Safe Sport Programme?
The Safe Sport Programme provides a streamlined and harmonised approach to mitigate threats to Safe Sport and is designed to ease the administrative burden on sporting organisations. It also reduces the risk of accusations of bias and conflicts of interests often associated with non-independent investigations and disciplinary processes.
The Safe Sport Programme supports Member Organisations in two main areas:
(1) creating a safe sporting environment underpinned by the Unified Code
(2) addressing reports of concern.
Member Organisations will receive support through training of the organisation’s safeguarding officers, access to
model policies (e.g. child safeguarding, travel, recruitment, digital communications), training and education resources for participants in their sport to help them understand their roles and responsibilities.
When a sporting organisation becomes a Member Organisation of the Safe Sport Programme, the Safe Sport Commission will manage the independent assessment and referral of complaints/reports which fall under its mandatory jurisdiction.
4. What does a Member Organisation need to do to fully implement the Safe Sport Programme?
To fully implement the Safe Sport Programme, a Member Organisation will have to:
(1) adopt the Unified Code and the rules of the Safe Sport Programme on case management and resolution by putting in place a Safe Sport Policy which applies to the relevant persons (i.e. employees, contractors, athletes or participants under its governance and jurisdiction)
(2) appoint a trained Safeguarding Officer
(3) enforce the terms of the Safe Sport Policy across its membership, programmes and/or sanctioned events
A model Safe Sport Policy will be made available to Member Organisations and the Safe Sport Commission will undertake an onboarding process with each Member Organisation to ensure that the Safe Sport Policy is aligned.
5. When can an organisation get accredited with the Safety Mark?
The aim of the accreditation scheme is to establish recognition for the quality of an organisation’s safeguarding efforts and established processes. The accreditation framework will be activated following the roll out of the Safe Sport Programme in 2022.