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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 clubs providing services to children must complete. The following are the four steps to compliance:

STEP ONE - REVIEW THE RISK ASSESSMENT DOCUMENT (Pages 1 to 4)

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. 

STEP TWO - YOUR CHILD SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT (Page 5)

When step one is completed, review your Child Safeguarding Statement, (page 5 in the club template, item 1 below). Fill in the highlighted fields and sign and date the document and minute this at your next management meeting.

STEP THREE – DISPLAY YOUR CHILD SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

As per Section 11 of the Children First Act 2015, you are required to display your full 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. 

STEP FOUR – CONFIRMATION OF ADAPTION OF UPDATED CHILD SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT 

Please confirm that you have updated your Club Child Safeguarding Statment to the version linked below (item 1), with the document dated the 23/02/2019 by email to kieronstout@athleticsireland.ie 

1. Click here for the Club Child Safeguarding Child Safeguarding Statement (to be localised and adapted by your club)

2. Click here for the Athletics Ireland Child Safeguarding Statement

3. Risk Assessment Template for Athletics Ireland

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