Child Protection

Child Protection - Irish Sports Council

 The Irish Sports Council and the Sports Council for Northern Ireland published a joint Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport in 2000. This major joint publication recognised the commitment of both Councils to ensure that young people are safeguarded in their participation in sport in the island of Ireland.

In 2005 a review was carried out to ensure that the policies and procedures that are recommended to be implemented within the publication at all levels in sport are up-to-date and in line with relevant documents, current best practice and legislation throughout the island of Ireland. The aim of the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport is to protect and maintain the welfare of all young people through sport across Ireland.

Horse Sport Ireland would advise each Affiliate to adopt this Code of Ethics as its own Code of Ethics.

It can be located at the link below:


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Additonal Information - Child Protection 

Please note according to the Child Care Act (1991) a 'Child' is defined as anyone under the age of 18 years who is not married. See Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook 2011


Additional HSI guidelines below:


·         Guidelines for Paid Personnell (Officials,Tutors, Coaches, Trainers, Selectors, Chaperones and Team Managers)

·         Working with Children/Juniors Guidelines for Parents 

·         Guidelines for all Leaders authorised to travel with Children 

·         Guidelines for Volunteer Personnell working with Children/Juniors



Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children's Sport Information Day Saturday 3rd November 2012

The Irish Sports Council hosted a Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport Information Day at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown, Dublin in November 2012. The Information Day was opened by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D., before Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, addressed the group in relation to the upcoming legislation on Children First.

For more information please go to /Code_of_Ethics_Events/

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