The term child protection has been extended to safeguarding as it reflects the wider responsibility for health safety and prevention as well as just protection from abuse. It may be defined as: “Doing everything possible to minimise the risk of harm to children and young people”.
Safeguarding is about being proactive and putting measures in place in advance of any contact with children to ensure that children are going to be kept safe. This includes:
Sport must recognises its moral duty and legal obligation to safeguard children and young people through the creation and promotion of a safe environment which protects them from harm.
Sport has a power to be a positive influence on children and vulnerable young adults, providing the supporting structures and sporting environment that places welfare first. Therefore sports in Northern Ireland are required to implement the good practice outlined in Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport .
All governing bodies should already have safeguarding procedures in place but club samples are available under Sport Northern Ireland resources section
For further information and to book a place on the Sport Northern Ireland Safeguarding Workshops contact Marie-Therese Higgins, via email: email@example.com or tel: 028 9038 1222.
Sport Northern Ireland have a free online safeguarding refresher workshop: courses.sportni.net
All-Island organisations can get further information from Sport Ireland here