Safeguarding in Orienteering Ireland

Safeguarding Responsibilities of Clubs

To achieve this, each orienteering club should:

  1. Encourage all committee members to attend a Safeguarding 1 – Code of Ethics Basic Awareness/Child Protection Workshop.
  2. Appoint a Club Children’s Officer, who should attend a Safeguarding 2 – Club Children’s Officer Workshop.
  3. Appoint a Designated Liaison Person (this may also be the Club Children’s Officer), who should attend a Safeguarding 3 – Designated Liaison Person Workshop.

Club Self Assessment Framework

To assist clubs in completing Sport Ireland’s Safeguarding Self Assessment a video is available here: Video

Safeguarding Workshops

Safeguarding workshops have been developed by Sport Ireland and are certified by them. These workshops are primarily delivered online by the local sports partnerships.

Content of the Safeguarding 1/Basic Awareness workshop (3 hours)

  • Implementing best practice in safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and adults involved in sport.
  • 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 Safeguarding 2/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 Safeguarding 3/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.

Local Sports Partnerships

Below are direct links to some LSP Safeguarding courses

Role of the Designated Liaison Person/ National Children’s Officer

Orienteering Ireland’s National Children’s Officer:  Ciarán Donaghy :

Designated Liaison Person: Barbara Foley-Fisher:

The roles of both officers can be found in the Code of Conduct document.

If there are any concerns about a child or someone working with a child, details of what to do can be found in the Code of Conduct.

Garda Vetting

Please note that garda vetting should be renewed every three years. All club committee members and orienteers who conduct activities with children should complete the process in a timely manner. A vetting form (available here) and copies of proof of identification (click here for acceptable documents) should be sent by post to the National Vetting Officer at the address listed on the vetting invitation.

Contact our National Vetting Officer at if you require any further information on vetting.

Sport Ireland Safeguarding Guidance

Orienteering in Ireland
Orienteering Ireland, Irish Sport HQ, Blanchardstown
D15 DY62, Ireland