Safeguarding Training/Courses

Safeguarding Training Policy 

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.


Safeguarding Course Dates

Safeguarding Training in Northern Ireland

To locate the next available course in NI please visit the Sport Northern Ireland Calendar or alternatively, please contact the relevant Sports Development Officer in your local Borough Council listed below:

Safeguarding 1 – Online Refresher (ROI)

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 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 Sport Ireland that will also be accepted by Horse Sport Ireland. To find a Sports Partnership near you please click here. hh Each LSP in the Country are delivering Safeguarding Courses online via Zoom and details of where these courses can be booked can be found at the following link:


Children First E-Learning Programme

Tusla has developed a universal e-learning training programme called ‘Introduction  to Children First’. The programme has been written to support people of all backgrounds and experience in recognising concerns about children and reporting such concerns if they arise.

The programme is based on Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and the Children First Act 2015.

The programme takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete but it can be done in a number of sittings. The programme will allow you to log back in and resume where you left off. It covers topics including:

  • Recognising and reporting child abuse;
  • The role of mandated persons;
  • The responsibilities of organisations working with children to safeguard children;
  • The role of designated liaison persons.

You will need to create an account using an email address to log in and complete the programme. This allows you to complete the training gradually over time. When you have completed the programme, you will receive a certificate of completion directly to your email address. Please note this is additional, optional training which supplements the Sport Ireland / Sport NI Safeguarding Training. Please click below to complete the training.