Safeguarding Our Children

Safeguarding Our Children

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It is LAW to have a Children's Officer with Safeguarding 2 and a Designated Officer with Safetguarding 3.

We are running the Spring series of the New Safeguarding Level 2 / 3 Workshops in each Province.

  • Eastern Workshop – Royal Marine Hotel – Sunday 22nd  March

  • Southern Workshop – Royal Cork Yacht Club – Saturday 28th March

  • Western Workshop – Mayo Sailing Club - Sunday 29th March


Irish Sailing is committed to the safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults in sailing. Our safeguarding training programmes have been developed as required by national legislation, policy and guidelines as outlined in Children First and Sport Ireland. We recognise and respect the invaluable work of our Club Children’s Officer and Designated Liaison Persons and the varied and complex Roles and Responsibilities they fulfill. Irish Sailing is delighted to offer the required courses for these important positions within a sailing context provincially this coming spring.

The Club Children’s Officer helps to create a child-centered environment that promotes the welfare of children and young people engaged in our sailing activities.

The role of a Club Children's Officer (CCO) - Safeguarding 2 Course

  • Safe Recruitment and Selection of Coaches and Instructors.
  • Garda Vetting is one of the key elements of the safe recruitment process.
  • The CCO should ensure that Coaches, Instructors and Parents are vetted in line with Irish Sailing Garda Vetting Policy prior to taking on their role within the club.
  • Liaise with Irish Sailing and/or local sports partnership to secure Child Safeguarding Training for coaches/committee members within the first 6 months of taking up a new role.
  • CCO should monitor the 5 year refresh of Garda Vetting and SG1.
  • Understand Irish Sailing Safeguarding Policy & Sport Ireland’s Child Safeguarding Guidance.
  • The CCO should be knowledgeable about child protection and undertake any training considered necessary i.e. Sport Ireland Safeguarding 1 and 2 courses.
  • Encouraging the participation of parents /guardians within club activities to ensure maximum enjoyment and participation for each child.
  • The CCO has a reporting line to the Clubs Committee.
  • Acts as a support to Coaches and Instructors on Child Protection issues/concerns.
  • Be a presence at junior training sessions and courses.
  • Ensure that children know how and whom they can report their concerns to within the club.
  • If there are grounds for concern about the safety or welfare of a young person you should react to the concern.
  • Act as the Relevant Person with responsibility for the club Child Safeguarding Statement.

The Designated Liaison Person is responsible for reporting allegations or suspicions of child abuse and welfare issues to Tusla or the Gardai (Statutory Authorities). This role sits with the Club Chairperson unless another committee member has been appointed.. They will work with the Club Children’s Officer to act as a resource for children at committee level

The role of a Designated Liaison Person (DLP) – Safeguarding 3 Course

  • DLP reports any suspected cases of child neglect or abuse to a Duty Social Worker in the Tusla Child and Family Agency or An Garda Síochána.
  • They should also inform the National Children’s Officer / Mandated Person – Ciarán Murphy that a report has been submitted to the Statutory Authorities.
  • Act as a resource for volunteers/coaches/instructors/parents who have a child protection or welfare concern.
  • The DLP should be knowledgeable about child protection and undertake any training considered necessary i.e. Irish Sailing/Sport Ireland Safeguarding 1 and 3 courses.
  • The DLP should have knowledge of the Safeguarding Guidance and relevant child protection legislation (Children First Act 2015, National Vetting Bureau Act 2012-2016) and be familiar with local support services.
  • In consultation with the person who raised the concern and the Club Children’s Officer, the DLP will decide if reasonable grounds for a concern exist.

Irish Sailing’s Child Safeguarding Team are available to liaise with Club Children’s Officers and Designated Liaison Person to help and support you “anytime – anyplace – anything”. We are committed to ensuring the implementation of safeguarding requirements and can offer guidance where required on all our policies & procedures. A reminder of those three dates ...

  • Eastern Workshop – Dun Laoghaire Venue TBC – Sunday 22nd  March

  • Southern Workshop – Royal Cork Yacht Club – Saturday 28th March

  • Western Workshop – Mayo Sailing Club - Sunday 29th March

The workshop will be facilitated by our National Children’s Officer Ciarán Murphy and it is the best way to answer all your questions, share your concerns and be prepared for the summer season ahead. This course will also certify and revalidate the relevant officers for the next 5 years and is recognised by all other Sporting NGBs and LSPs in Ireland. Spaces are limited to 16 people per workshop and to book online please go to .

If you have any further questions around Safeguarding please feel free to contact Ciarán at or 087 8800744.

See our Safeguarding pages for full support and advise

Safe happy sailing

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