Safeguarding Children

Irish Squash is fully committed to safeguarding the well being of its members. Every individual in the organisation should at all times , show respect and understanding to members rights, safety and welfare and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the organisation.

Ann Sheppard is the National Childrens’ Officer for Irish Squash and you can contact Ann – [email protected]

Safeguarding Training

Under the Children First Act 2015 (ROI) and the Children (NI) Order and Cooperating to Safeguarding Children and Young People 2017, all coaches are required to complete safeguarding training. Coaches in the Republic of Ireland are required to attend a Safeguarding 1 Basic Awareness workshop. This can be applied for through your Local Sports Partnership. (Search – Local Sports Partnership/safeguarding) and in Northern Ireland, Sport NI also provide the required training (contact your local council sports development officer for advice on accessing training).

Vetting

Under the same legislation ALL coaches are required to be vetted.

For those resident or working in Ireland this is done through the National Vetting Bureau (NVB).  For those resident or working in Northern Ireland this is done through Access NI (ANI).

The National Vetting Bureau and Access NI applications are processed through an online system.  There are differences in each system and both require a paper form to validate your identification.  This is a legal requirement.  Parent/Guardian consent is required for applicants aged 16 or 17 years old.   

The application forms also contain instructions for completion so read through carefully before applying to make sure you have all the correct information to hand and know the process before you proceed.  See here –

Sport Ireland Safe Sport AppSEE HERE

The Sport Ireland Safe Sport app is based on the Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children’s Sport. It is an information and guidance tool for everyone involved in sport for children and young people. The app is aimed at creating greater awareness and understanding about safeguarding and best practice principles in children’s sport.

There are four key areas of the app which can be accessed from the home screen:

  • Leader/Coach
  • Parent/Guardian
  • Club/Organisation
  • Child/ Young Person

Within each section information and guidance is provided on “fair play”, “good practice”, “a child centred approach” and “should or should not”.The app addresses how to report child welfare and protection concerns of suspected child abuse to TULSA Child and Family Agency and poor practice to the Club Children’s Officer or National Children’s Officer.

 

Additional documents relating to Child Welfare: