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Sport Ireland publish new safeguarding guidance

Sport Ireland launch new Safeguarding Guidance for Children and Young People in Sport

  • 27 February 2019

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Safeguarding Guidance for Children and Young People in Sport.pdf

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Sport Ireland has launched the new Safeguarding Guidance for Children and Young People in Sport.

The new Safeguarding Guidance for Children and Young People in Sport specifically builds on the core principles of safeguarding originally set out in the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children in Sport, providing alignment with current legislation and Children First Guidance 2017.

The new Safeguarding Guidance, which was developed in conjunction with Sport NI and National Governing Bodies of Sport, addresses issues facing sports leaders involved in children and young people's sport by providing guidance relating directly to their roles and responsibilities within their clubs. The document outlines principles of good practice and child protection legislation, policy and procedures.

Details of Sport Ireland's new safeguarding self-assessment framework for National Governing Bodies of Sport have also been announced. The framework will also provide a mechanism and supports for NGBs in turn to audit their clubs in relation to the area of Safeguarding.

The main purpose of the Sport Ireland Safeguarding Audit framework is to support National Governing Bodies to strengthen their adherence to safeguarding policies and procedures thereby ensuring that children and young people partaking in sport are protected. The audit framework was developed in conjunction with The Ineqe Group and follows an extensive consultation process with National Governing Bodies, including workshops, pilot testing, and culminating now in the roll out of the audit tool.

The Sport Ireland Staying Safe Online resource - Sport Ireland's second online resource in the area of safeguarding - is a web-based information and guidance tool on internet safety predominately aimed at parents, guardians, coaches and young people involved in sport. The resource provides detailed content on all aspects of online safety.