Child Welfare & Protection in Sport


The Irish Sports Council’s Child Welfare and Protection Course, also known as the Code of Ethics, has been rewritten and updated for 2011 in order to provide a more interactive learning experience for course participants.
The course content has largely remained the same but will be delivered in a more interactive manner with the duration of the course being cut from 4 hours to 3 hours. The course was updated after the Irish Sports Council identified the need to ensure participants gained more exposure to sporting case studies and interaction around the
issue of Child Protection. The course has also further highlighted the need for coaches to know not only the best practice for Child Protection regarding child safety and individual policy, but also how to protect themselves and the support networks that are available regarding the suspicion of abuse.

The updated Child Protection course is recommended for all coaches, parents and administrators who are involved with coaching children or clubs with juvenile membership. This is the major change to the course as previously the course was designed to give a member of a club, information on best practice and knowledge of how to write and implement a Code of Ethics for their own club or organisation. The updated Child Protection course looks at best practice for all regarding child protection, with clubs now being asked to utilise and implement the relevant National Governing Bodies Code of Ethics which is available on the vast majority of National Governing Bodies websites.
The course maintains an essential component of coach education for all who are involved in coaching children.

North Tipperary Sports Partnership are pleased to be able to offer more Child Welfare & Protection in Sport Awareness Training 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 centred environment should go hand in hand with identifying and eliminating practices that impact negatively on safe and enjoyable participation in sport for young people.

The training enables Children’s Officers/Sports Leaders to:
• Implement best practice in protecting the welfare of participants
• Create a child-centred environment within the sports club
• List categories of abuse and some indicators associated with abuse
• Make appropriate response to a disclosure
• Make a report to designated officer or appropriate Statutory Authorities

NTSP tutors are the very experienced John Mc Elhinney and Edel Hickey. A number of courses will be organised for 2012 in various towns in North Tipperary. Places are limited so early booking is advised and payment is necessary prior to the workshop to secure your place. There is a fee of €15 per person, which covers all 3 hours.

All participants must fill out an application form in order to register for this course.

The following are the dates for 2013

DATE: Tuesday 5th February 2013
TIME: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
VENUE: Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh

DATE: Tuesday 5th March 2013
TIME: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
VENUE: LIT Tipperary, Thurles

DATE: Tuesday 19th March 2013
TIME: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
VENUE: Templemore Arms Hotel, Templemore

DATE: Tuesday 16th April, 2013
TIME: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
VENUE: Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh

If you are interested in participating in future workshops and want to fill out an application form, please contact Elaine Cullinan or Sharon McLoughney in the Sports Partnership office, tel 067-43604, email: [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .