Child Welfare - Safeguarding - Garda Vetting - Irish Judo AssociationWritten by Deirdre Leonard
To clubs/coaches/designated persons
We wanted to take this opportunity to remind all our clubs/coaches/volunteers in the Irish Judo Association of the priority our sport gives to the safeguarding of our members.
We would encourage you to reassure your parents in your clubs of the work we have already done in this area and that we have the following measures in place;
· A safeguarding policy which includes robust reporting procedures
· A governing body designated safeguarding children's officer, Mr John Martin who you can speak to if you're worried about anything. All clubs are expected to have a Designated Person with the responsibility for the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. It's important that members & parents & young people know who to talk to if there's anything that's worrying them.
· A written code of conduct for coaches, members and volunteers. This is to ensure that the people who will be in charge of children or vulnerable adults in our sport have a set of rules and requirements they have to follow.
· All staff/volunteer working with children are required to attend safeguarding training and have an Access NI / Garda Vetting checks undertaken as part of the process of appointing them to work with children and vulnerable adults.
All IJA clubs need to confirm all the necessary checks have been completed within the NGB, so contact the Judo Office to ensure your Coaches/Volunteers are Access NI / Garda Vetting checked & have submitted up to date Safeguarding Certificates.