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Code of Ethics Courses

A central goal for all those involved in sport for young people is to provide a safe, positive and nurturing environment where children can develop and enhance their physical and social skills. 

Promoting a child centered ethos should go hand in hand with identifying and eliminating practices that impact negatively on safe and enjoyable participation in sport for young people. 

The Irish Sports Council has recently changed the structure of Child Welfare & Protection (Code of Ethics) workshops for Clubs. The details of the three stages of training are outlined here as follows:

1.      Safeguarding 1 - Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course

All Coaches, Children’s Officers and Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) must first complete the 3 hour Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course.  This course educates participants on the implementation of best practice in protecting the welfare of children involved in sport.

2.      Safeguarding 2 - Club Children’s Officer (C.C.O)

A person appointed to the Club Children’s Officer position in a club must have completed safeguarding 1 (Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness workshop) and should complete the NEW Club Children’s Officer 3 hour workshop. This course will help the Club Children’s Officer to carry out the function of their role in the club and support the implementation of best practice in the club. Participants will also receive a Club Children’s Officer Action Planning document as part of the training.

3.      Safeguarding 3 - Designated Liaison Person(DLP)

A person appointed to the Designated Liaison Person position in a club must have completed the Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course and should complete the NEW Designated Liaison Person 3 hour workshop. A club may appoint the same person to both the CCO and DLP positions however best practice advises that they are kept as separate roles.

The third part of the ISC Child Welfare & Protection Training Programme is the Designated Liaison Person workshop. This workshop is currently under review and will be available to clubs in the Spring /Summer of 2015.

Club Children's Officers

Club Children's Officers should be child centred in focus and have as the primary aim the establishment of a child centred ethos within the club. S/he is the link between the children and the adults in the club.  S/he also takes responsibility for monitoring and reporting to the Club Management Committee on how club policy impacts on young people and Sports Leaders

Designated Liaison Person

Every club/organisation should designate a person to be responsible for dealing with any concerns about the protection of children. The Designated Liaison Person is responsible for reporting allegations or suspicions of child abuse to TULSA Child and Family Agency or Social Services (NI) and/or An Garda Siochán / PSNI. It is recommended that this person is a senior club person. However, if there is difficulty identifying a separate individual to take this role, the Club Children’s Officer can be appointed as Designated Liaison Person once the club/organisation is clear about the responsibilities of each role.  The organisation’s child protection policy and procedures should include the name and contact details of the Designated Liaison Person and the responsibilities attached to the role.

These modules will help to create and maintain a safe and fun environment for young people within your club.


Code of Ethics courses are run by the Local Sports Partnerships (LSP's).  Details of courses run by LSP's are available below.  If your LSP is not listed, please contact them directly. 

If your club would like to run a course, a facilitator can be arranged.  A minimum of 10 and maximum of 16 participants can take part in the Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children's Sport.  Course costs are normally between €15.00 and €20.00 per person - unless stated below.

Safe Sport App

The Irish Sports Council  recently launched a Safe Sport app 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. - See more at - click here

Local Sports Partnership Courses - Details published as they become available.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership





Course DateVenueCost/TimeInfo / To Book
Basic Course9th MayDLR County Council, Dundrum Office€15/6-9pmPh 01 - 2719502 or email sportspartnership@dlrcoco.ie
Basic Course15th JuneBallyogan Family Resource Centre€15/6-9pmPh 01 - 2719502 or email sportspartnership@dlrcoco.ie
Children's Officer Course11th JulyDLR County Council, Dundrum Office€15/6-9pmPh 01 - 2719502 or email sportspartnership@dlrcoco.ie
Basic Course12th SeptFitzpatrick's Hotel, Killiney€15/6-9pmPh 01 - 2719502 or email sportspartnership@dlrcoco.ie
Designated Person Course13th SeptFitzpatrick's Hotel, Killiney€15/6-9pmPh 01 - 2719502 or email sportspartnership@dlrcoco.ie
Basic Course18th OctBallyogan Family Resource Centre€15/6-9pmPh 01 - 2719502 or email sportspartnership@dlrcoco.ie
Basic Course9th NovFitzpatricks Castle Hotel, Killiney€15/6-9pmPh 01 - 2719502 or email sportspartnership@dlrcoco.ie
Children's Officer Course15th NovFitzpatrick's Castle Hotel, Killiney€15/6-9pmPh 01 - 2719502 or email sportspartnership@dlrcoco.ie
Basic Course5th DecDLR County Council, Dundrum Office€15/6-9pmPh 01 - 2719502 or email sportspartnership@dlrcoco.ie





   



South Dublin County Sports Partnership
CourseDateVenueCostInfo
Code of Ethics - Basic10th MayClondalkin Leisure Centre€15.00traceykelly@sdublincoco.ie
Code of Ethics - Basic12th JuneTallaght Leisure Centre€15.00traceykelly@sdublincoco.ie
CoE - Safeguarding 3
Designated Liaison Person
14th JuneTallaght Leisure Centre€15.00traceykelly@sdublincoco.ie
Code of Ethics - Basic12th JulyClondalkin Leisure Centre€15.00traceykelly@sdublincoco.ie
Code of Ethics - Basic14th AugustTallaght Leisure Centre€15.00traceykelly@sdublincoco.ie
Code of Ethics - Basic13th SeptClondalkin Leisure Centre€15.00traceykelly@sdublincoco.ie
Code of Ethics - Basic11th OctoberTallaght Leisure Centre€15.00traceykelly@sdublincoco.ie
Code of Ethics - Basic13th NovemberClondalkin Leisure Centre€15.00traceykelly@sdublincoco.ie
Code of Ethics - Basic11th DecemberTallaght Leisure Centre€15.00traceykelly@sdublincoco.ie





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Please note that to do the Children's Office course, you must have completed the Basic Awareness Course.  All participants must be over 18 years of age.

Updated 03rd May 2017




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