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.

Safeguarding 1 - virtual delivery 

This course is the Sport Ireland Safeguarding 1 course delivered via a virtual platform online and is 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. The certificate is valid for 3 years upon completion. It 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. We do not currently require u16’s to take this course; However 16 and 17 year olds must complete a parental consent form. If you require further information or a consent form please contact  

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 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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