Safeguarding Training/Courses

Please review the Horse Sport Ireland Safeguarding Training Policy to determine if your role requires safeguarding, training, the level required and the renewal specifications for the relevant training.


In the section below you will find upcoming Safeguarding Course Dates for Horse Sport Ireland Courses run in conjunction with Sport Ireland. There is also details for Local Sports Partnerships and Sport NI who also offer the courses.

1. Safeguarding 1Basic Awareness Workshop in Child Welfare & Protection  – a must for anyone working with children!

All Coaches, Club Children’s Officers and Designated Liaison Persons must first complete the 3 hour Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course.  This course educates participants on the implementation of best practice in protecting the welfare of children involved in sport. This course must be renewed every three years.


2. Safeguarding 2 – Club Children’s Officer (CCO) Workshop – a must for all Club Children’s Officers

The old six hour Children’s Officer Training Course has been replaced by two separate three hour courses.

A Club Children’s Officer should be child centered in focus and have as the primary aim the establishment of a child centered ethos within the club. S/he is the link between the children and the adults in the club.  S/he also takes responsibility for monitoring and reporting to the Club Management Committee on how club policy impacts on young people and Sports Leaders. The Children’s Officer msut complete Safeguarding 1 training and then Safeguarding 2 training.


3. Safeguarding 3 – Designated Liaison Person (DLP) Workshop

The third part of the ISC Child Welfare & Protection Training Programme is the Designated Liaison Person workshop.

A person appointed to the Designated Liaison Person position in a club must have completed the Basic Awareness Workshop in Child Welfare & Protection and should complete the NEW Designated Liaison Person 3 hour workshop. A club may appoint the same person to both the CCO and DLP positions however best practice advises that they are kept as separate role


Safeguarding 1 – Online Refresher

For those who have competed a Safeguarding 1 course face to face previously, can now renew their certificate online through Sport Northern Ireland or Sport Ireland’s Online Safeguarding Refresher Courses.

Sport NI On-line Refresher

Sport NI offer an on-line facility where there is a refresher course available for the Safeguarding Children and Young People(NI and Safeguarding 1 Basic Awareness (ROI) course. The link below will bring you to the live page, where you will create an account and you can then complete the refresher course. Successful completion of the refresher course will allow you to print a copy of your new certificate at the end of the on-line refresher. Please not YOU MUST HAVE previously attended a Safeguarding 1 Course in a classroom setting or your on-line refresher certificate will not be valid.

N.B. When prompted to enter your Sport in the registration section please ensure to enter Equestrian.

Sport Ireland On-line Refresher

Sport Ireland has now gone live with an on line Safeguarding 1 Refresher, a web based education resource aimed at providing further training to those who have previously attended a Safeguarding workshop or equivalent.

The content contains four modules which will provide persons in roles with regular responsibility for children an opportunity to learn about:
i. best practice procedure;
ii. understanding of why safeguarding children and young people in sport is important;
iii. recognising the different categories of child abuse and identify the signs of abuse;
iv. and the responding, recording and reporting issues of poor practice or abuse.

Please not YOU MUST HAVE previously attended a Safeguarding 1 Course in a classroom setting or your on-line refresher certificate will not be valid.

N.B. After completing the online test and when prompted to enter your Sport please select Horse Sport, When prompted for your NGB please select Horse Sport Ireland, county, club and name are personal to yourself so please complete as such.


Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs)

There are a number of Local Sports Partnerships across Ireland who also provide Safeguarding training through the Irish Sports Council. To find a Sports Partnership near you please click here.

This information an also be located on the Sport Ireland Website.

If the information you are looking for in relation to Safeguarding Courses is not outlined above please contact:

Ciara Gorman, Horse Sport Ireland.
Telephone (045) 854 524