Anne Tiivas, the Director of the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to safeguarding children and young people.
Since 2008 Anne has led the CPSU in its work with sports councils, governing bodies and other organisations across the UK to help protect children and young people from abuse in sport.
Anne first joined the unit when it was founded in 2001 following a series of high profile cases of young athletes being abused by adults in positions of trust. She has been integral in shaping and monitoring national safeguarding standards for children in sport in the UK and developing new international safeguards.
In 2016 the CPSU was awarded the Unicef International Safeguarding Children in Sport award at the Beyond Sport Summit.
Anne advises a number of international groups on child protection and safeguarding in sport and is frequently called on to help with policy development overseas. She has recently been part of several European Union projects on safeguarding in youth sport that cross more than a dozen European Member States.
Anne Tiivas said:
“Awards are never down to the work of one person. This honour is for all those who work tirelessly, and often courageously, to safeguard and protect children from violence in and through sport.
“I would particularly like to recognise my wonderful and dedicated team in the CPSU, and our colleagues and partner agencies who work together to achieve a sports culture which prioritises and supports the well-being of all its participants.
“This honour is dedicated to the work of the late Celia Brackenridge whose legacy we strive to fulfil.”
Celia was an international sportswoman, a campaigner for women’s causes and an authority on child protection in sport, who worked closely with the CPSU until her death last month.
NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless said:
“Anne has led the CPSU with distinction for 10 years.
“She is highly respected, influential and passionate about children and sport. We are delighted to see her recognised in this way.”
The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is a partnership between the NSPCC, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland and Sport Wales.