Safeguarding and Ethics

Amanda Ní Ghabhann - Safeguarding and Ethics

Special Olympics Ireland is committed to the ongoing implementation of our Safeguarding policies in our clubs and at our events. We strive to foster a culture of understanding and compliance for all and to create an athlete-centred environment. 

Safeguarding is at the core of all Special Olympics Ireland activities and is fundamental to the development and implementation of everything we plan for the future. We are fully compliant with the Children First Legislation (ROI) and engage regularly with Sport Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland, the Child Protection in Sport Unit, and the HSE to continually meet legislative requirements and industry standards.

Please find our Child Safeguarding Statement here

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Safeguarding Policies - A guide to Best Practice, Policy and Procedure
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Safeguarding Workshop Information

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 three years upon completion however Safeguarding 1 can be extended to a six-year validity if an online refresher is completed three 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 if you are based in NI.

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

For Safeguarding 1 we do not currently require under 16s 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 or you can download a digital version here

For Safeguarding 2 & Safeguarding 3,  participants must be 18 years or older.

Places are limited so please ensure you will attend before taking a space. If for some reason you can no longer attend give as much notice as possible and email  Due to the virtual format we can only accept 18 participants per course.