Irish Sailing Child Safeguarding

Safeguarding Objective

Irish Sailing is committed to the safeguarding of all children and young people in sailing. 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.


Sport Ireland Safeguarding Guidance for Children & Young People in Sport

The aim of this guidance document is to help clubs and centres to create a culture of safety that promotes the welfare of children and young people engaged in sporting activities. This guidance document supports clubs and centres to meet their child safeguarding and child protection responsibilities in line with requirements under policy/legislation and with best practice. It does this through the provision of guidance and information in relation to the carrying out of a risk assessment, the development of a Child Safeguarding Statement and the development and implementation of policies and procedures for safeguarding and protection of children and young people.


Safeguarding Training Courses

As part of our commitment to ensuring that all of our water sports are safe, fun and accessible for all children and vulnerable adults Irish Sailing delivers a range of information and training programmes aimed at volunteers, staff, instructors, coaches, managers and administrators from Irish Sailing Clubs and Training Centres including the Sport Ireland certified 3hr Safeguarding Courses, which are:

  • Safeguarding 1 – Basic Awareness Workshop in Child Welfare and Protection (3hrs)
  • Safeguarding 2 – Club Children’s Officer Workshop (3hrs)
  • Safeguarding 3 – Designated Liaison Person Workshop (3hrs)

To see the next scheduled safeguard course please go HERE and to book your place in the shop HERE.

Online Safeguarding Revalidation

If you have previously attended an Irish Sailing or Sport Ireland face to face Safeguarding 1 workshop in the last five years, you can refresh your certificate for another five years online at the following link:


Irish Sailing provides a large range of safeguarding documents and resources including our Child Protection Plan, Child Safeguarding Statement, Risk Assessment and much more. 

Safeguarding Library


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

If you have any queries regarding Safeguarding please contact our Interim Safeguarding Inclusion and Diversity Officer at 


Here to help you

Interim National Children's Officer 

Tim Bourke, CEO 

Phone: 01-2800239 / 086 - 240 0415


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