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Athletics Ireland Child Safeguarding

Kieron Stout - National Children's Officer & Organisational Development Manager.                                                                                                                                  

Phone: 01-8869933 / 086-2450134                                                                                                                                                                                         


Athletics Ireland is committed to the safeguarding of all children and young people in athletics. The welfare and protection of children and young people in our sport is paramount. Our safeguarding policies have been developed as required by national legislation, policy and guidelines as outlined in Children First and by Sport Ireland. In 2011 our Athletics Ireland Code of Ethics was published ensuring that our sport is up-to-date and in line with relevant documents, best practices and child protection legislation. 

If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of a child in your club or community please contact the statutory authorities (TUSLA, Child & Family Agency or the Gardai) to report your concerns.

1) Safeguarding Training Refresher App

If you have previously attended an Athletics Ireland or Sport Ireland face to face Safeguarding 1 workshop in the last four years, you can refresh your certificate for another four years online at the following link: CLICK HERE to refresh your Safeguarding 1 certificate.

2) Mental Health & Resource Page In Athletics

Our Mental Health resource page is designed to signpost support services for mental health and well-being in athletics, please CLICK HERE or above to access our mental health and wellbeing information page.

As a sport we must ensure that children’s early experiences are inclusive, positive and enjoyable, irrespective of their ability, gender, social class and race. Our volunteers deliver these positive experiences nationwide each week as role models in their dealings with young people. In particular the work of Club Children's Officers are instrumental in implementing our child protection policy contained within the Athletics Ireland Code of Ethics. We will continue to build on this excellent work to ensure that all young people see their involvement in athletics as a valuable and rewarding part of their lives, for all of their lives.

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