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.

1) 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

2) 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:


3) Mental Health & Resource Page in Sailing

Our Mental Health resource page is designed to signpost support services for mental health and well-being in sailing.

 Health and Wellness
with an amazing list of support organisations

Document Library

The Safeguarding Library...

... is your one-stop source of documents giving you access to our Child ProtectionPlan, Child Safeguarding Statement, Risk Assessment, Sport Ireland Safeguarding Guidance and much more.

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 Safeguarding Inclusion and Diversity Officer, Ciaran Murphy on

Go the 
Safeguarding Library 
for all documents

Here to help you

Ciarán Murphy

National Children's Officer & Mandated Person for Irish Sailing

Phone: 01-2800239 / 087-8800744


Meet the Tutors

L-R - Ciarán Murphy, Johanne Murphy, Brona Duddy,  Gail MacAllister