Ensuring our sport provides a safe, secure environment for all participants
Safeguarding young people and athletes is an overarching ethos for Weightlifting Ireland and must be a priority for all adults working with and responsible for children at club level and at competitions.
This ethos is reflected in our Weightlifting Ireland Safeguarding Children Policies, our rules/regulations documents and in the mandatory requirements for members, Coaches and Clubs where young people are involved and present. These are important documents for all members to read and implement.
The Board of Directors and our National Children’s Officer (NCO) liaises with Club Children’s Officers (CCO) and other relevant people working in Clubs and Associate members, helping and supporting all members with the implementation of safeguarding requirements.
Our National Children’s Officer (NCO), Shauna B Keane, along with assistance from our Designated Liaison Person (DLP), Caroline Murphy, advise and guide Club Children’s Officers to assist Clubs in following the policies and procedures and are available for any queries or issues that may arise.
Safeguarding in our Affiliated Clubs
Weightlifting Ireland is committed to safeguarding the youth involved in our sport, and in our affiliated clubs.
The Children First Act 2015 now requires that all clubs that provide services to young people (U18) and vulnerable adults must have a Child Safeguarding Statement. As part of this Safeguarding Statement each club must also have a Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment and Policies/Procedures to support:
the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct by staff or volunteers against a child availing of our activities.
the safe recruitment of staff and volunteers to work with children in our activities.
access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm.
reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Statutory Authorities.
As part of this Safeguarding Statement each club that provides services to young people (U18) and vulnerable adults must appoint a ‘relevant person’ who is the first point of contact for the club regarding Child Safeguarding. This person will be known as the Club’s Children’s Officer (CCO).
We provide all clubs with a Child Safety Statement and a Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment to which they add their clubs information to. The Child Safety Statement should be appropriately edited, printed & signed by your Club’s Chair and Club’s Children Officer (CCO). It should be presented clearly on a notice board or somewhere so that it can been seen as people enter your premises.
Safeguarding training & certification is required for all coaches, officials & volunteers working with or providing services to young people (U18) and vulnerable adults. Safeguarding L1 is the minimum requirement for all coaches, officials & volunteers within WI.
If you are the Clubs Children’s Officer (CCO) of an affiliated, registered WI club, then you should have a valid SG1 and SG2 certificate in date at all times. See below validation periods for certificates as per the Sport Ireland Safeguarding Guidance Document for Children and Young People in Sport:
Safeguarding L1 (SG1): 3 years
Safeguarding L1 Online Refresher: 3 years
Safeguarding L2 (SG2): 3 years
Safeguarding L3 (SG3): 3 years
Only the SG1 has an online refresher course available, and this then extends the SG1 education by an additional 3 years. The SG1 has an online refresher course, but this can only be validated if you have a valid SG1 certificate in date at the time of completing the online refresher. Once this 6-year period is up, the participants must complete the SG1 face-to-face, tutor led education once again (in-person or online).
There are no online refreshers for SG2 and SG3 – participants must complete the SG2 and/or the SG3 face-to-face, tutor led education once again (in-person or online) after the 3-year period is up.
For more information on best practice for the protection of children in sport & to find the SG1 refresher course follow the link : HERE
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