The Global Initiative is recruiting Trustees to join our Board


Introduction to the Organisation

The Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children was launched in Geneva in 2001. It aims to act as a catalyst to encourage progress towards ending all corporal punishment in all continents; to encourage governments and others to "own" the issue and work actively on it, and to support national campaigns with relevant information and assistance. The context for all its work is implementation of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Global Initiative carries out a wide range of activities specifically designed to promote law reform to prohibit corporal punishment of children in all settings, including briefing and reviewing the work of human rights monitoring bodies, carrying out legal research and collecting and analysing other research on positive, non-violent discipline. We work directly with governments considering law reform, and with UN agencies, human rights institutions and international and national non-government organisations campaigning to promote non-violence.

To learn more about our work, please see 'What we do' and explore our website. 


About the roles

Our organisation has recently gone through a period of change, with the appointment of a new Director and a process of renewal of Board members over the past year. We are embarking on an exciting review of our work, including the development of a 5-year strategy to be launched in April 2018. Traditionally focused on law reform to prohibit corporal punishment, we have successfully contributed to a sea change in attitudes across the world. Now 53 countries have banned corporal punishment, and a further 55 countries have committed to do so. We are now considering how our organisation can change the way it works, to contribute to the full elimination of the violent punishment of children, by influencing national and global dialogues, effecting change in perceptions of children’s rights and broadening the understanding of positive discipline.

Our current four trustees have excellent international experience in children’s rights, human rights law and child protection. We are therefore looking to complement their skills by appointing a new Treasurer with good experience of UK charity and financial regulation. In addition, we are seeking to appoint up to three other trustees to strengthen our Board, ideally bringing skills relevant to charity management including governance, change management, influencing and fundraising.

All trustees are required to uphold the organisation’s safeguarding policy, and new appointments will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Our full Safeguarding Policy can be found here.

The trustees meet quarterly and support the staff team with strategic decision making and planning. During the next six months we will be drafting our new five-year strategic plan and all the trustees will contribute to this.


Person specification

We seek trustees who are committed to child rights and the elimination of all violence against children, however experience in these areas is not a requirement, and all new trustees will be given a full induction and opportunities to learn more about our work.  Full role descriptions are available here:




Time Commitment

The Board currently meets quarterly, currently alternating between a Saturday and a weekday, in central London. Trustees engage with the Director and other staff members periodically over email and may be requested to take on specific strategic assignments as part of their contributions to the work of the Board. All trustees work on a voluntary basis but modest travel expenses to attend activities on behalf of the organisation may be reimbursed.


How to apply

Please send your CV with a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) explaining your interest in the organisation, and how your skills meet the role description. Please send this to

Deadline 5pm Friday 1st December 2017.


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