Safeguarding contacts & Legislation

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 Safeguarding Contact List

Safeguarding useful contacts List

For more information, you can contact the following:

Niamh O' Gorman

National Childrens Officer

National Vetting Bureau Liaison Person


Chris Kitchen


National Vetting Bureau Liaison Person


Guiding Authority Information:

  • Read "Children First" the HSE Document that guides the Irish Sports Council here



The three new pieces of legislation which will affect sports governing bodies and therefore clubs are as follows:

1)The Childrens First Act 2015. The policy intent is that the legislation will operate side-by-side with the existing non-statutory obligations provided for in the Children First National Guidance 2011. It will require the following:

  1. All governing bodies and clubs to appoint a Designated Liaison Person who is responsible for reporting any allegations to the statutory bodies.
  2. All those involved with juniors and vulnerable adults to be vetted and trained.
  3. Governing bodies to prepare and keep updated a Keeping Children Safe Plan.
  4. Governing bodies to actively support all members to promote best practice in child welfare and protection.

2)The National Vetting Bureau (Childrens and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 commenced on the 29th of April 2016. This Act makes it mandatory for persons working with children or vulnerable adults to be vetted by the Gardaí prior to beginning their role. The Act also provides for the use of "soft" information in regard to vetting. This is information other than criminal convictions where such information leads to a bona-fide belief that a person poses a threat to children or vulnerable persons. Under the Act the Garda Central Vetting Unit will become the National Vetting Bureau and the vetting procedures will be put on a statutory basis.

Please see an information sheet on how this affects TI clubs and members here. 

3)The Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act,  2012 .

The Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act,  2012 along with the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act, 2012  are key pieces of complementary legislation designed to improve child safety and protection. 

TI Human Resources Policy (Staff)

This document has been developed to provide a comprehensive resource for Triathlon Ireland staff concerning employment conditions and policies. The Policy provides specific guidelines regarding the recruitment of staff, in particular the vetting and training processes for positions that will work directly with children; and the procedure for grievances and reported incidents to be managed in both a consistent and effective manner.

This document is regularly reviewed and updated by the Triathlon Ireland's Chief Executive Officer in consultation with TI staff, and approved by the Board of Management. (Last Update March 2011)

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