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 here –

Rosie Barry is the Designated Liasion Person (DLP) for Irish Squash and you can contact Rosie here – 

Paul Nugent is the Mandated Person (MP) for Irish Squash and you can contact Paul here –

Irish Squash Child Safeguarding Statement  Please click HERE

Irish Squash Risk Assessment – Please click HERE

The Irish Squash Safeguarding Policy for Children & Young People in Sport –  Please click HERE


Appendices to Safeguarding Policy

  1. Safe Recruitment Procedures
  2. Roles & Responsibilities
  3. Reporting & Protecting
  4. Complaints Report Form
  5. Safeguarding Guidance
  6. Anti Bullying Policy
  7. Children’s Code of Conduct
  8. Disiplinary Procedure


  • For a full list of Code of Ethics Documents please click on the Sport Ireland Link HERE

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). See link below to help you find a course.

Search for Safeguarding 1 Courses – HERE

Click on the website of your LSP and put in ‘Safeguarding 1’ in the search box to find courses.

N.B. Children First certificates from Tusla  as well as  Ireland Active Foundation Level Children’s First Safeguarding course  are not recognised as valid Safeguarding Training for sport. 

After 3 years you must renew your safeguarding. Renewal: Safeguarding 1 may be renewed by attendance at a Safeguarding 1 (face to face workshop) or Safeguarding 1 Refresher (e-learning module on-line)  – 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.