Child Welfare & Safeguarding

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In this section there is a variety of information into the protection and safeguarding of youths in our sports. If the information you require is not here, or if you have any queries in relation to Safeguarding, do not hesitate to contact our National Children’s Officer/Designated Safeguarding Children’s Officer Ciara Gorman on:

Email:   Tel: (045) 854 524

Or your Affiliate National Children’s Officer

Click Here for Affiliate National Children’s Officers List 2018

Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) is committed to creating and maintaining the safest environment possible for all young people and vulnerable adults who wish to participate in HSI activities.

We are fully committed to safeguarding the well being of all athletes. Every person should at all times, show respect and understanding for participants’ rights, safety, welfare and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the organisation and the guidelines contained in our Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Youths and Vulnerable Persons in Our Sport.

On March 3rd 2015, Horse Sport Ireland officially adopted its own Code,  Horse Sport Ireland Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Youths & Vulnerable Adults In Our Sport. Our Code is written in accordance with guidelines outlined in the ISC and SNI joint Code of Ethics manual.

Code of Ethics Documentation

Useful forms for Equestrian Sports Clubs (These can be adopted by all affiliates of Horse Sport Ireland)

HSI Safeguarding Links

 Additional Information and Documentation 

  • Children First National Guidance 2017 Intended to assist you, whether you are a member of the public, a professional,
    employee or volunteer, in identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect. It also sets out the statutory responsibilities for mandated persons and organisations under the Children First Act 2015
  • Our Duty To Care – offers guidance on the promotion of child welfare and the development of safe practices in work with children
  • Children’s First Act 2015 – This Act places a number of statutory obligations on specific groups of professionals and on particular organisations providing services to children. (ROI)
  • Briefing on Self Harm In Sport – Facts, Myths and dealing with self harm
  • Safeguarding Checklist for Events in Public Parks – A briefing paper for anyone responsible for planning and running sports events for children in public spaces such as fields, parks and other areas that are open to the general public.
  • Photography at Events useful advice for sporting organisations around photography/videoing at sporting events.
  • Tusla – Child and Family Agency website (ROI)
  • Tusla Reporting Form– Child Protection and Welfare Report Form (Tusla)
  • NSPCC – National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children website (NI)
  • NI Health & Social Care Trust – Contact for NI Gateway teams for reporting suspected abuse