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Safeguarding Statement for Children and Young People in Athletics

Safeguarding Statement for Children and Young People in Athletics

Athletics Ireland acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and Sport Ireland requirements. The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of  age, ability or disability, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport in a safe and child centred environment and are protected from abuse whilst participating in athletics or outside of the activity. Athletics Ireland acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare by working with the child's parents or carers.  

As part of our safeguarding policy Athletics Ireland will:

  • promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
  • ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people
  • ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern
  • ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
  • prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals and maintain a safe recuitment and vetting policy
  • ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.

Our Code of Ethics and safeguarding policies and guidelines are listed below for download and are mandatory for everyone involved with children in Athletics Ireland. Athletics Ireland is committed to ensuring children and young people enjoy their sport in a safe, fun and fair way and we would appeal to everyone involved in sport to play their part. Child protection in sport is all our responsibility. We all have a duty to care to act if we have a concern for a child or a young person. The wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is paramount and all Athletics Ireland sports leaders are vetted and undergo safeguarding awareness training as required by legislation. Each of our juvenile clubs has appointed a Club Children's Officer and a Designated Liaison Person to deal with any concerns that may arise. Athletics Ireland employs a full time National Children’s Officer (Child Welfare Manager) based in Northwood, Santry, who supports all clubs and members throughout the country. If you have any concerns about a child in your club or your community please contact your local Tusla office (Child and family Agency) or Garda station. If you have any concerns about child welfare in the athletics community you can contact Kieron Stout on 086 2450134 or by email at kieronstout@athleticsireland.ie.  

The following downloads are our policies and guidelines for working with children and young people in athletics.

  1. Code of Ethics document
  2. Garda Vetting Policy
  3. Child Safeguarding Training Policy
  4. Summer Camp Safeguarding checklist
  5. Child Safeguarding travelling checklist
  6. Short Medical Consent and Code of Conduct for Young Athletes travelling
  7. Allergy Policy for Childrens Sports 
  8. Sample Membership form
  9. Photography and film policy
  10. Social Media and Communicating with Children Policy
  11. Anti-Bullying Policy 
  12. Code of Conduct for Young Athletes and Children
  13. Code of conduct for Sports Leaders and Coaches
  14. Code of conduct for Parents and Spectators
  15. Critical Incident response plan for an Athletics Club

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