Child Protection

Child Protection Officer

The Club Child Protection officer for this year is Caitriona Doyle. Her role is to ensure that Athy Triathlon Club’s safeguarding policies and procedures are in place and that all coaches and volunteers have Garda Vetting, Code of Conduct and Safeguarding Level 1 complete. The Club Children’s Officer is available to any child too in the event that they may need to talk to someone in confidence for any reason. If any parent has any concerns or safety issues we have an open door policy and Caitriona is available to speak to either in person at most Junior training sessions or via email: [email protected]

Athy Triathlon Club Junior Training Safeguarding Statement

Athy Triathlon Club prioritises the welfare, safety and interests of all children in the club while training with us. It is our mission that all children feel safe, happy and supported in a fun environment.

We strive to foster a culture of health and wellbeing while participating in the disciplines of swimming, cycling and running.

We are very open to receiving feedback from parents and children at all times.

We are guided by our governing body, Triathlon Ireland.

All our coaches and volunteers are Garda Vetted and have completed a Code of Conduct and Safeguarding 1 course (Child Protection in Sport), as each volunteer has a responsibility and duty of care to ensure that every child and young person in our club is safe and protected from harm.

The Athy Triathlon Club Child Safeguarding Statement provides an overview of the measures currently in place to ensure that children are protected from harm.

The ATC Safeguarding Statement for the current year is available here.

Designated Liason Person

In keeping with best practice guidelines for Child safeguarding, The Designated Liason Person (DLP) for Athy Triathlon Club is Caitriona Doyle. Her role is to act as a liaison person to any club member or volunteer/ parent who has a child protection concern. The DLP is also responsible for ensuring that reporting procedures are followed correctly and promptly and acts as a liaison person with other agencies.

Caitriona has completed Safeguarding Levels 1, 2 and 3 and has Garda Vetting Clearance.

Should you have any queries or concerns regarding child protection please contact Caitriona either in person at a Junior Training Session or via email: [email protected]

Under the Children First Act 2015, clubs or organisations providing a relevant service, must undertake a risk assessment. This considers the potential for harm to come to children while they are in the club’s care. It should be noted that risk in this context is the risk of abuse and not general health and safety risk.

Athy Triathlon Club’s Risk Assessment is available here.

Some Useful Resources for Juniors, Parents and Coaches

www.sportireland.ie

http://www.thecpsu.org.uk

www.tackleyourfeelings.com

www.spunout.ie

http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie/get-involved/real-life-stories/young-people-s-stories/ (One Good Adult)

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