Child Protection

Information on Child Welfare and Protection

 

The IOA is fully committed to implementing the recommendations Sport Ireland in regard to child safety.

To achieve this, each orienteering club should

  • Encourage all committee members to attend a Child Welfare and Protection (Code of Ethics) Basic Awareness workshop.
  • Appoint a club Children’s Officer, who should attend a Child Welfare and Protection (Code of Ethics) workshop for club Children’s Officers
  • Appoint a Designated Liaison Person (may be the club Children’s Officer), who should attend a Child Welfare and Protection (Code of Ethics) Designated Liaison Person workshop.

All three workshops were developed by Sport Ireland and are certified by them. They are presented around the country by local sports partnerships.

Content of the Basic Awareness workshop (3 hours)
  • Overview of Code of Ethics
  • Core values and guiding principles
  • Roles and responsibilities of people (coaches, club members, parents, young people)
  • Clubs and organisations policy and procedures
  • Putting guidelines into practice
  • Statutory guidelines and advice on protection of children.
Content of Children’s Officers workshop (3 hours)
  • Communicating with young people
  • Dealing with safeguarding issues
  • Reflections on the role of the club Children’s Officer
Content of the Designated Liaison Person workshop (3 hours)
  • Describe how the child protection system and its associated processes work.
  • List the role and responsibilities of the Designated Liaison Person in relation to protecting and safeguarding children.
  • Identify the categories and indicators of abuse.
  • Communicate with parents and/or agencies as appropriate. 

Role of the Designated Liaison Person/Children’s Officer

  • Report to the national Designated Officer of the IOA.
  • Be familiar with and able to carry out reporting  procedures as outlined in Sections  5.13 to 5.17 of the Code of Ethics
  • Advise club committee on issues of confidentiality, record keeping and data protection.
  • Know the IOA policy.

Irish Sports Council Safe Sport Ap


This is a free information and guidance tool for everyone involved in sport for children and young people.

It is available for free download on iOS (included iPad and iPhones), Android tablets and Android phones.

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

www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Participation/Code_of_Ethics/Code-of-Ethics-App/

Garda vetting

Please note that garda vetting should be renewed approximately every five years. All club committee members should complete the process if they have not done so within the previous five years.

Download the two documents below, read the instructions and return by post to Barbara Foley-Fisher,

Identification documents

NVB 1 Vetting Invitation

Contact Barbara Foley-Fisher regarding Garda Vetting childprotection@orienteering.ie

Local Sports Partnerships


Find your Local Sports Partnership here

Below are direct links to some LSP Code of Ethics and Children’s Officer courses

Code of Ethics Documents

The IOA Code of Ethics document was updated in 2016 and was presented at the AGM in 2017. Comments are welcome, and should be emailed to childprotection@orienteering.ie

The full document can be downloaded below.

Code of Ethics Recommendations to clubs

ioa_code_of_ethics_and_good_practice_for_childrens_sport 2016

Individual sections can also be downloaded or viewed below.

Glossary and Preface

View the section here COE_Glossary Preface_p6-p14

This section contains:
WHAT IS ORIENTEERING?
EXTRACTS FROM IRISH ORIENTEERING ASSOCIATION RULES
THE ORGANISATION OF AN ORIENTEERING EVENT
IRISH ORIENTEERING ASSOCIATION POLICY STATEMENT
THE PURPOSE OF THE CODE OF GOOD PRACTICE.

Principles

View or download here: COE_1_ PRINCIPLES_p15-p18

This section contains:
IMPORTANCE OF CHILDHOOD
NEEDS OF THE CHILD
INTEGRITY IN RELATIONSHIPS
FAIR PLAY
QUALITY ATMOSPHERE AND ETHOS
COMPETITION
EQUALITY
LEGISLATIVE BASIS
.

People

View here: COE_2_ PEOPLE_p19-p32

This section contains:
ADULTS INVOLVED IN ORIENTEERING
ADULT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS IN SPORT
CHILD TO CHILD RELATIONSHIPS
RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS /GUARDIANS
THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF ORIENTEERING LEADERS
IRISH ORIENTEERING ASSOCIATION
ORIENTEERING CLUBS
CHILDREN’S OFFICERS
NATIONAL CHILDREN’S OFFICER ORIENTEERING
CLUB CHILDREN’S OFFICER
DESIGNATED PERSON
ROLE OF SPORT IRELAND

Policy and Procedures

view here: COE_3_ POLICY AND PROCEDURES_p33-p37

This section contains:
CONSTITUTION
STRUCTURE
REGULATIONS
DISCIPLINARY, COMPLAINTS AND APPEALS PROCEDURES
RECRUITMENT OF ORIENTEERING LEADERS
EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Practice

Download or view here: COE_4_ PRACTICE_p38-p53

This section contains:
GUIDELINES FOR ORIENTEERING LEADERS
PHYSICAL CONTACT
GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS
GUIDELINES FOR CHILDREN
SUPERVISION AND GENERAL GUIDELINES
SAFETY
INSURANCE
REGISTRATION, DROPOUT AND CLUB TRANSFERS
DISCIPLINE IN ORIENTEERING
THE USE OF SANCTIONS
USE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC AND MOBILE EQUIPMENT
NOTICE FOR ORIENTEERING EVENTS

Protection

View Protection Section here. COE_5_ PROTECTION_p54-p71

This section contains:
AREAS OF RISK FOR CHILDREN IN Orienteering
SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN SPORT
PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS, BURNOUT & DROPOUT OF CHILDREN IN ORIENTEERING
BULLYING
CHILD ABUSE
CHILD PROTECTION IN ORIENTEERING
HARM
CATEGORIES OF ABUSE
SIGNS OF CHILD ABUSE
GROUNDS FOR CONCERN
PROTECTIONS FOR PERSONS REPORTING CHILD ABUSE
RECOGNISING AND REPORTING OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE
INFORMAL CONSULTATION
SOURCES OF CHILD ABUSE
CHILDREN WHO MAY BE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE TO ABUSE
PEER ABUSE
ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE AGAINST SPORTS LEADERS
CONFIDENTIALITY
DEALING WITH ANONYMOUS COMPLAINTS
RUMOURS
DISCLOSING INFORMATION TO OTHERS

Appendices

Download or view here: COE_Appendices_p72-p85

This section contains:

Sample Policy Statements
Application Form For Potential Orienteering Leaders
Confidential Reference Form
Disclosure Of Criminal Convictions Form
Standard Reporting Form
References And Source Material
Useful Contacts
Application Form For New Junior Members
Information Form For Existing Orienteering Leaders
Suspected Abuse Flowchart - Outside The Organisation
Suspected Abuse Flowchart - Internal To The Organisation
Junior Squad activities Form