Safeguarding

We recognise the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

Our Clubs are committed to the ongoing implementation of our Code of Ethics and Good Practice which aims to foster a culture of understanding and compliance for all and to create a safe child-centered environment for young people to grow and develop within sport.

These are the Sport Ireland Safeguarding  courses delivered via a virtual platform online and are suitable for volunteers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This is the current replacement for the face to face workshop during the covid-19 pandemic. All certificates are valid for 3 years upon completion however SG1 can be extended to a 6 year validity if an online refresher is completed 3 years after a Face-to-Face course. If the times and dates of our courses do not suit you, courses are also available through Local Sport Partnerships in ROI or by emailing workshop@sportni.net if you are based in NI.

Each course will take 3 hours in total and will have a short 5-minute comfort break in the middle. Attendees must stay for the full 3 hours. The course requires you to have a working camera and microphone on your computer to take part as it is an interactive course with attendee participation required. 

For SG1 we do not currently require u16's to take this course; 16 and 17 year olds must complete a parental consent form. If you require further information or a consent form please contact volunteers@specialolympics.ie.
For SG2 & SG3 participants must be 18 years+. 

Places are limited so please be sure you will attend before taking a space. If for some reason you can no longer attend please give as much notice as possible and email safeguarding@specialolympics.ie Due to the virtual format we can only accept 12 people on each course 


Special Olympics Ireland Child Safeguarding Statement (2020)
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Policy on Recruitment and Selection of Volunteers
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Policy on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders
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Policy and Procedure for Vetting SOI Staff
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