Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment
Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment for Athletics Clubs for mandatory compliance with the Children First Act 2015
Athletics Ireland are delighted to provide you with supporting documentation and instructions on how your club can comply with the Children First Act 2015. This is a mandatory process that all organisations providing services to children must complete. The following are the four steps to compliance:
STEP ONE - REVIEW THE RISK ASSESSMENT DOCUMENT
The risk assessment has been pre-populated for you to review at your club meeting. Each risk identified has been ranked and any supporting policies and guidance indicated.
You can include other risks of potential harm that are specific to your club. After you review your Risk Assessment, minute it at your meeting and get your Chairperson and Children’s Officer to sign and date it.
STEP TWO - YOUR CHILD SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT
When step one is completed review your Child Safeguarding Statement (club generic template as item 1 below) and sign and date the document and minute this in your meeting notes.
STEP THREE – DISPLAY YOUR CHILD SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT
As per Section 11 of the Children First Act 2015, you are required to display your Child Safeguarding Statement in a prominent place in your club (notice board, public area etc).We suggest that you also distribute your signed Child Safeguarding Statement to all parents and club members by email/web or social media on an annual basis. If you do not have a premises, you should post your full Child Safeguarding Statement on a website or social media page for your members, parents and the general public to access if required.