Tips for Parents/Guardians

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Triathlon is a fun sport that all the family can be a part of. This section aims to provide some guidance for parents/guardians of junior triathletes in about safeguaring and what they should look for, anti doping and online safety.

Safeguarding

Safeguarding for Children and Vulnerable Adults is the first priority for Triathlon Ireland. It is a crucial function in providing fun safe and fair opportunities for all to participate in triathlon is ensuring the safeguarding of children participating in the sport.

We want clubs to facilitate Junior sections and in order to achieve this we have set out guidelines and procedures to help with setting up a Junior section and how to manage training sessions and events. Triathlon Ireland has set a number of operating procedures and policies to guide it's staff, affiliated clubs, coaches, volunteers and officials in relation to Safeguarding. On this page you will find a summary of key information, along with details of where to find more information, concerning the safeguarding of children in the sport of triathlon. 

 What you should look for in a junior club

As there are many clubs to choose from within Triathlon Ireland here are some areas you should look out for when trying to select which club to sign our junior up to;

  • The club has their Children First Safeguard Statement  on display on their website or social media accounts. You can request to see this along with their Safeguarding risk assessment.

  • The club has appointed a Club Children's Officer (CCO) and a Designated Liaison Person (DLP). Both of who are clearly identifiable in the club. (NI clubs will only have a Club Children's Officer).

  • That the club respects the Triathlon Ireland code of conduct and ensures that all coaches and members abide by this and have signed their code of conduct, Form 10 or Form 8 and submitted to Triathlon Ireland annually.

  • The club has safely recruited the volunteers and coaches to work with the juniors. Coaches and leaders qualifications can be checked through the club Children’s Officer or Triathlon Ireland. All coaches or leaders who are in regular contact with juniors are Garda Vetted (ROI) or have completed Access NI (NI), and have completed safeguard training.

  • That club sessions are junior friendly, fun and pitched at the correct level with appropriate supervision.

  • That the club has adequate representation for junior members on the main club committee.

Parents in sport week
Parents in Sport Week is a campaign to raise awareness of how parents can get help with any concerns and how parents' positive behaviour contributes to better experiences of sport for children. This year’s theme is ‘Let’s talk about keeping children safe in sport’ and the campaign runs from 5th-11th Oct

As part of the campaign, Triathlon Ireland will be asking sports parents to make the Sports Parents Promis https://thecpsu.org.uk/parents/sports-parents-promise/

Sport Ireland Safesport app

The Sport Ireland Safe Sport app is an information and guidance tool for everyone involved in sport for children and young people. 

There is a section specifically for children/young people as well as sections for:

  • Leader/Coach

  • Parent/Guardian

  • Club/Organisation

Within each section information and guidance is provided on "fair play", "good practice", "a child centred approach" and "should or should not". 

Anti Doping: Your role as a parent or guardian

As parents or guardians, you know that the pressure to train hard, compete and achieve at a high level and being engaged in your child’s sporting career, you see first-hand how they cope with the lows, when they have their frustrating moments and when they might be susceptible to entertain dangerous options presented as shortcuts, such as extreme dieting, excessive training, taking supplements and doping.
To find out information on how important your role is to an athlete, please click here.

For further information on how you can help support your child’s development and to keep them from the pressures of doping please download the infographic

Online safety

It can be hard to keep track of what your child is doing on social networks, apps and games, or know how to keep them safe.
Having regular conversations about what your child is doing online - just like you would their day at school - is the best way to keep them safe.You'll be able to spot any problems, encourage them to come to you if they’re worried and make sure they know what’s ok to share online - and what’s not. 

See the NSPCC information about starting a conversation about online safety HERE.

Triathlon Ireland has created a policy around the safety of online usage, and what steps to take if this happens to a junior, please read our policy here.

For a basic understanding of how easy online misuse can happen, watch the following video;

Be Share Aware. We tell our children it’s good to share – but online it’s different. In fact sometimes it can be dangerous. That’s why we’re asking parents to be Share Aware – and keep children safe online.

 There are multiple platforms in which juniors engage online with games, social media messaging, youtube videos etc. - for some guidance into the how to make these online platforms more safe for your juniors please visit the Net Aware website.

Parent's/GUARDIANS responsibilities

Be aware of your juniors, the NSPCC animation explores simple steps we can all take to make children safer. See the video HERE.

Parents/Guardians have the right to ask about the qualifications of those working with their children.

Take part! Help out and get involved with the junior sessions at your club.

How to set up a junior account

  • Register Adult as a site user.

  • Login to Adult account.

  • Select  "Junior" from left hand-side tabs

  • Select "Add Junior account". 

  • Fill in Junior information

  • Purchase membership if required

  • Accept Waver & Code of Ethics

  • Save

 Mental Health

Reach Out offer an online portal for parents to reliable information about supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The content on ReachOutParents.com has been developed based on an assessment with parents of young people aged 12-25 years-old. This research was carried out by the Health Promotion Research Centre at the National University of Ireland. This study sought to understand parents’ needs in relation to supporting positive youth mental health and wellbeing.

ReachOutParents.com is divided into five main sections based on what parents told us they wanted to know: Wellbeing, health problems, Technology, Services available to support young people’s mental health and Tips for parents on supporting their own mental health.
Click HERE to see the website.

JigSaw - One Good Adult

Jigsaw, The National Centre for Youth Mental Health. There to ensure that no young person feels alone, isolated and disconnected from others around them. They provide vital supports to young people with their mental health by working closely with communities across Ireland. 

Jigsaw's mission is to advance the mental health of young people in Ireland by influencing change, strengthening communities and delivering services through our evidence-informed, early intervention approach.

For more information on how you can take the pledge to be One Good Adult visit their website HERE 

Further Resources

Spunout: Dealing with depression:
https://spunout.ie/health/article/dealing-with-depression

Video: https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/videos/depression/

Anxiety:

https://spunout.ie/news/article/know-anxiety
https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/

Pieta House offers a free service for  people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.
Visit the website HERE.  Contact Pieta house: https://www.pieta.ie/contact-us

Bodywhys is The Eating Disorder Association of Ireland. Visit the website HERE. 

Aware provide support to people affected by depression and bipolar disorder. Visit the Website HERE

Samaritans Ireland
Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
Visit the website HERE