Safeguarding 1 – Basic Awareness Workshop in Child Welfare & Protection – a must for anyone working with children and vulnerable adults.
All Coaches, Club Children’s Officers and Designated Liaison Persons must first complete the 3 hour Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course (Safeguarding 1). This course educates participants on the implementation of best practice in protecting the welfare of children involved in sport.
All participants must be over 18.
Safeguarding 1 Children training must be renewed every three years (can be done on line when initial 3 hour course is attended first time). The third refresher must be done by attending a course. Refreshers on line are only possible after attending a course in person.
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Horse Sport Ireland as the NGB for Equestrian Sport advise all our staff/volunteers to follow this through our governance procedures.
Aims of the course:
• Understanding the rationale behind the “Good Practice for Children’s Sport”
• Identify good practices when working with young people
• Create a better atmosphere that promotes positive adult-child relationships
• Identify the role of the Athlete, Coach, Parents/Guardians and Club
Safeguarding 2 – Club Children’s Officer (CCO) Workshop – a must for all Club Children’s Officers
A Club Children’s Officer should be child centered in focus and have as the primary aim the establishment of a child centered ethos within the club. S/he is the link between the children and the adults in the club. S/he also takes responsibility for monitoring and reporting to the Club Management Committee on how club policy impacts on young people and Sports Leaders
A person appointed to the Club Children’s Officer position in a club must have completed the Safeguarding 1 Course prior to attending Safeguarding 2. This Safeguarding 2 Children’s Officer Training course will help the Club Children’s Officer to carry out the function of their role in the club and support the implementation of best practice in the club. Participants will also receive a Club Children’s Officer Action Planning document as part of the training.
A few points about the course
• The course lasts 3 hours.
• It is essential that those who wish to attend the training have attended the Safeguarding 1 Course
• All participants must be over 18 years of ages
• Certificates of attendance are issued on completion of the course
Safeguarding 2 must be refreshed by attending a course every 3 years.
Safeguarding 3 – Designated Liaison Person Training
Every club/organisation should designate a person to be responsible for dealing with any concerns about the protection of children. The Designated Liaison Person is responsible for reporting allegations or suspicions of child abuse to TUSLA Child and Family Agency or Social Services (NI) and/or An Garda Siochána / PSNI. It is recommended that this person is a senior club person. However, if there is difficulty identifying a separate individual to take this role, the Club Children’s Officer can be appointed as Designated Liaison Person once the club/organisation is clear about the responsibilities of each role. The organisation’s Child Safeguarding Statement should include the name and contact details of the Designated Liaison Person and the responsibilities attached to the role.
Safeguarding 3 must be refreshed by attending a course every 3 years.
A person appointed to the Designated Liaison Person position in a club must have completed the Basic Awareness Workshop in Child Welfare & Protection and should complete the NEW Designated Liaison Person 3 hour workshop. A club may appoint the same person to both the CCO and DLP positions however best practice advises that they are kept as separate role.
National Safeguarding Officer
Horse Sport Ireland. Tel: 045 854524