Safeguarding contacts & Legislation

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 Safeguarding Contact List

For more information, you can contact the following:

Niamh O' Gorman

National Childrens Officer

National Vetting Bureau Liaison Person

Mandated Person

012741032

0873627106

niamh@triathlonireland.com

Chris Kitchen

CEO

National Vetting Bureau Liaison Person

012741032

ceo@triathlonireland.com 

Guiding Authority Information:

rEPUBLIC OF IRELAND

SPORT IRELAND
  • Click here for Sport Ireland website.
  • Click here for the Code of Ethics and Good Practice in Childrens Sport online Manual
  • Click here for Sport Ireland ELearning Portal where you will find free courses on coaching children and Anti Doping.
DEPartment OF CHILDREN & YOUTH AFFAIRS
  • Click here for the Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs website.
  • Click here for the Children First Act 2015.
TUSLA-Child and family agency.
  • Click here for Tusla website. 
  • Click here to find more information on Children First and complete the free Elearning programme.
  • Click here to seek an informal consult with a social worker. 
  • Click here for 'How to report a concern'.

NORTHERN IRELAND

SPORT NORTHERN IRELAND
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 
  • Click here to read the 'Co-operating to Safeguard Children and Young People in Northern Ireland' document.
GATEWAY Services
National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children

Legislation

The three pieces of legislation in the Republic of Ireland which will affect sports Governing Bodies and therefore clubs:

1)The Children First Act 2015. The legislation puts the Children First National Guidance 2011 on a statutory footing. It commenced in December 2017 and requires the following:

  1. All governing bodies to appoint and train a Mandated Person who is responsible for reporting any allegations to the statutory bodies.
  2. All clubs to appoint a Designated Liaison Person.
  3. All those involved with juniors and vulnerable adults to be vetted and trained. Training in a sports context is Safeguard 1.
  4. Governing bodies and clubs to prepare and keep updated a Safeguarding Risk Assessment.
  5. Governing bodies and clubs to display a Child Safeguarding Statement.
  6. Governing bodies to actively support all members to promote best practice in child welfare and protection.

2)The National Vetting Bureau (Childrens and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 commenced on the 29th of April 2016. This Act makes it mandatory for persons working with children or vulnerable adults to be vetted by the Gardaí prior to beginning their role. The Act also provides for the use of "soft" information in regard to vetting. This is information other than criminal convictions where such information leads to a bona-fide belief that a person poses a threat to children or vulnerable persons. Under the Act the Garda Central Vetting Unit will become the National Vetting Bureau and the vetting procedures will be put on a statutory basis.

Please see an information sheet on how this affects TI clubs and members here. 

3)The Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act,  2012 .

The Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act,  2012 along with the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act, 2012  are key pieces of complementary legislation designed to improve child safety and protection. 

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