Safeguarding contacts & Legislation

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 Safeguarding Contact List

For more information, you can contact the following:

Niamh O' Gorman

National Childrens Officer

National Vetting Bureau Liaison Person

Mandated Person



Chris Kitchen


National Vetting Bureau Liaison Person


Guiding Authority Information:


  • Click here for Sport Ireland website.
  • Click here for the Code of Ethics and Good Practice in Childrens Sport online Manual
  • Click here for Sport Ireland ELearning Portal where you will find free courses on coaching children and Anti Doping.
  • Click here for the Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs website.
  • Click here for the Children First Act 2015.
TUSLA-Child and family agency.
  • Click here for Tusla website. 
  • Click here to find more information on Children First and complete the free Elearning programme.
  • Click here to seek an informal consult with a social worker. 
  • Click here for 'How to report a concern'.


  • Click here to read the 'Co-operating to Safeguard Children and Young People in Northern Ireland' document.
GATEWAY Services
National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children


The key pieces of legislation in the Republic of Ireland which will affect sports Governing Bodies and therefore clubs:

1)The Children First Act 2015. The legislation puts the Children First National Guidance 2011 on a statutory footing. It commenced in December 2017 and requires the following:

  1. All governing bodies to appoint and train a Mandated Person who is responsible for reporting any allegations to the statutory bodies.
  2. All clubs to appoint a Designated Liaison Person.
  3. All those involved with juniors and vulnerable adults to be vetted and trained. Training in a sports context is Safeguard 1.
  4. Governing bodies and clubs to prepare and keep updated a Safeguarding Risk Assessment.
  5. Governing bodies and clubs to display a Child Safeguarding Statement.
  6. 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 .

Section 176 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006 introduced the criminal charge of reckless endangerment of children. It states: ‘A person, having authority or control over a child or abuser, who intentionally or recklessly endangers a child by causing or permitting any child to be placed or left in a situation which creates a substantial risk to the child of being a victim of serious harm or sexual abuse, or - failing to take reasonable steps to protect a child from such a risk while knowing that the child is in such a situation, is guilty of an offence.’ The penalty for a person found guilty of this offence is a fine (no upper limit) and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years.

4)The Protections for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998 makes provision for the protection from civil liability of persons who have communicated child abuse ‘reasonably and in good faith’ to Tusla or to any member of An Garda Síochána. This protection applies to organisations as well as to individuals. This means that even if a communicated suspicion of child abuse proves unfounded, a plaintiff who took an action would have to prove that the person who communicated the concern had not acted reasonably and in good faith in making the report.

5) Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006. Amendments to this Act made in 2017 prohibit a sexual relationship between a coach (any other person who is or has been responsible for the education, supervision, training, care or welfare of the child) and an athlete under 18. 

Offence by person in authority

  1.  The Act of 2006 is amended by the insertion of the following section after section 3:

“3A. (1) A person in authority who engages in a sexual act with a child who has attained the age of 17 years but is under the age of 18 years shall be guilty of an offence.

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