This statement recognises that in accordance with legislation and with the requirements of our Codes of Conduct, policies and procedures, that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that all children and young people have a positive, developmental and enjoyable experience of School Fitness Ireland and when participating in our activities that they do so, as far as is practicable, in a safe and enjoyable environment.
In preparing this statement we have completed a risk assessment of the potential for harm to children when they are participating in our games and attending our activities under the following headings: Coaching Practices; Complaints; Reporting Procedures; Recruitment and a further heading of General Risk of Harm. To follow is a list of areas of risk identified and the list of procedures and policies for these risks.
Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been prepared in accordance with the legislative requirements contained in the Children First Act 2015, Children’s First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice and as required by our Association rules. The following procedures contained in our risk assessment support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our services:
The Mandated Person, who has a legal obligation to report harm of children as per legislation and who has been employed for the purpose of performing the child welfare and protection functions within School Fitness Ireland is: Martin Sheehan