Athletics Ireland Child Safeguarding Statement
Section 1 – NGB / club information
Clonmel Athletic Club is affiliated to Athletics Ireland and provides various sporting activities and opportunities for children and young people through participation in clubs, regional/provincial events and through to our national teams. Organised events involved the provision of athletic championships and games that involve in some instances require attendance at weekend events and overnight trips for clubs and their members. Athletics Ireland is a voluntary led organisation that provides its members with opportunities to participate in the sport of Track and Field Athletics across all age grades from Juvenile (u9 to u16), Youth (u18), Junior (u20), Senior (u35) and Master (35+).
- Clonmel Athletic Club
- Sport: Track and Field Athletics, Cross Country, Road Running and Race Walking.
- Location (National/Local level): Local and County.
- Approximately 400 members
- Activities: Track and Field, Cross Country, Road Running and Race Walking.
Section 2 – Principles to safeguard children from harm
Athletics Ireland is committed to safeguarding children and by working under the guidance of our Safeguarding Policies our staff, both volunteers and employed, working with our young people, throughout the organisation, seek to create a safe environment for young people to grow and develop within sport. The following set of principles should be adhered to:
- Importance of childhood – The importance of childhood should be understood and valued by everyone involved in sport.
- Needs of the child – All children’s sport experiences should be guided by what is best for children. This means that adults should have a basic understanding of the emotional, physical and personal needs of young people.
- Integrity in relationships – Adults interacting with children in sport are in a position of trust and influence. They should always ensure that children are treated with integrity and respect, and the self-esteem of young people is enhanced.
- Fair Play – All children’s sport should be conducted in an atmosphere of fair play. The principles of fair play should always be emphasised, and organisers should give clear guidelines regarding acceptable standards of behaviour.
- Quality atmosphere & ethos – Children’s sport should be conducted in a safe, positive and encouraging atmosphere.
- Competition – Competition is an essential element of sport and should be encouraged in an age appropriate manner. A child centred ethos will help to ensure that competition and specialisation are kept in their appropriate place.
- Equality – All children should be valued and treated in an equitable and fair manner regardless of ability, age, gender, religion, social and ethnic background or political persuasion.
Section 3 – Risk Assessment
This Athletics Ireland Club written Risk Assessment document indicates the areas of potential risk of harm, the likelihood of the risk occurring, and gives the required policy, guidance or process documents require to alleviate these risks. The list of risks identified and procedures to manage these risks are contained in the following categories:
|Risk Identified||Procedure in place to manage risk identified|
|Club and Coaching Practices
|Complaints & Discipline
|Use of Facilities
|General Risk of Harm
Child to Child.
Coach to Child.
Volunteer to Child.
Member to Child.
Visitor to Child.
The Risk Assessment was undertaken on 23/06/2023
Section 4 – Procedures
Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, (the Children First: National Guidance, and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice). In addition to our Risk Assessment document described above, there are further procedures that support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our activities.
Athletics Ireland has the following procedures in place as part of our Safeguarding Policies:
- Procedures for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct by staff or volunteers against a child availing of our activities.
- Procedures for the safe recruitment of staff and volunteers to work with children in our activities.
- Procedures for access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm.
- Procedure for reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Statutory Authorities.
- Procedure for maintaining a list of the persons (if any) in the relevant service who are mandated persons.
- Procedure for appointing a relevant person (Club Children’s Officer).
Please note that all procedures listed are available on request.
Kieron Stout is the relevant person for Athletics Ireland, and he is also a mandated person as set out in the Children First Act 2015. Kieron can be contacted on 086 2450134.
Section 5 – Implementation
We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our club is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our activities.
Please note the following:
- That all volunteers and staff have been furnished with a copy of this statement.
- This statement is available to parents/guardians, the Agency & members of the public on request.
- This statement will be displayed in a prominent place by the Club (inside the door of the clubroom at the trackside).
The Athletics Ireland Child Safeguarding Plan including all policies and procedures is available on request or at the following webpage for download. https://www.athleticsireland.ie/juvenile/child-welfare
You can also email [email protected] if you would like any information sent to you.
This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on 22/06/2024
Signed: ___________________________________________ Date: 23/06/2023
(By the Club Children’s Officer (Relevant Person) On behalf the Club)
Name: Frank Lynch Phone no: 0894257027
For queries on this Child Safeguarding Statement, please contact the Relevant Person (CCO) Frank Lynch, Nora Pelazzo