Tennis Ireland Statement on Child Safeguarding Issues

Tennis Ireland Statement on Child Safeguarding Issues

Tennis Ireland Statement on Child Safeguarding Issues

Tennis Ireland treats all Safeguarding issues with the highest priority and in accordance with our Safeguarding Policy, members of our sport who are advised, suspect or are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult may be at risk of abuse are obliged to report these concerns to TUSLA ( and the relevant Designated Liaison Officer of Tennis Ireland.

In the event of an emergency where a child is believed to be in immediate danger, the Statutory Authorities should be alerted as a matter of urgency. This may be done through any Garda station. All child abuse investigations will be dealt with by the Statutory Authorities, with the support of the Governing Body.

Following the allegations against an Irish Tennis Coach living in the USA, who faces charges in the State of Pennsylvania of unlawful contact with a minor, attempted statutory sexual assault and criminal use of a communication facility, Tennis Ireland would like to advise on the various avenues of support currently in place.

Below are a number of organisations which can help with various issues:


There are a number of important contacts to be found on the TUSLA Website at the following link

Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children

ISPCC Childline National 24-hour service for children and young people up to the age of 18.
Freephone: 1800 66 66 66
Text Talk to: 50101

Rape Crisis Centre

National 24-hour confidential helpline for women and men who have been raped, sexually assaulted, sexually harassed or sexually abused at any time in their lives.
Freephone: 1800 77 88 88

One in Four

Professionally supports men and women who have experienced sexual abuse during childhood.
Phone: 01 662 4070 (Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 17:30)


An additional service to the HSE’s National Counselling Service which provides free face-to-face counselling for people who have suffered abuse, trauma or neglect in their childhood.
Freephone: 1800 477 477 or 1800 235 234


National 24-hour helpline which offers confidential, non-judgemental support.
Freephone: 116 123

Tennis Ireland has been informing all member clubs, leagues and stakeholders on a regular basis of the requirement to comply with the statutory regulations laid out in National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 to ensure all adults working with children have completed the Garda vetting application process and are compliant with the Children’s First Act 2015.

We have also taken what we believe are further necessary measures and ask our clubs to comply with the following 12 Requirements

Club Constitution amended to reflect Child Protection

All Clubs appoint two gender specific children’s officers – one male and one female officer

The Club appoints a Designated Person for the Club

One of the Children’s Officers sits on the Club’s Executive Committee to report on Child Protection issues

The Club’s Children’s Officers completes the Basic Awareness Child Protection Course i.e. Safeguarding 1 and Specific Children’s Officer training i.e. Safeguarding 2.

The Designated Liaison Person to attend Safeguarding 1 and Safeguarding 3,

All Club Coaches complete the Basic Awareness Child Protection Course i.e. Safeguarding 1

Child Protection an item on the Club’s Executive Committee Monthly Agendas

A robust recruitment process, including vetting, references and interview for all committee members, coaches and all staff members

Clubs make provision to ensure that all senior members of the Club formally indicate their acceptance of the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children in Sport and a copy of the Club’s Child Protection statement is available for members to view on the club notice board or website.

Adopt the Tennis Ireland Complaints Procedure?

Adequate Adult Supervision (one adult male and one adult female where possible) during all children’s activities organised by the Club, its coaches or officials, or by the Club sub-committees

We have developed sample policy documents and procedures and posted them on our website as a further support. The documents can be downloaded and used by our stakeholders for their various codes of conduct and other important policy documents required to implement their safeguarding procedures.

Tennis Ireland through our National Children’s Officer, our Safeguarding Coordinator, our Provincial Children’s Officers and our Regional Development Officers engage with all stakeholders to ensure they are kept up to date with statutory safeguarding requirements on an ongoing basis and work with An Garda Siochana and Access NI to process vetting applications comprehensively in an appropriate time frame.

Clubs are urged to engage with our team members on any support they need on Safeguarding procedures.

Useful Contacts

National Children’s Officer: Roger Geraghty – Email:
Mob: 087 2316478

Connacht Children’s Officers – Lesley Ann Walsh – email:
Mob: 087 9265808

Munster Children’s Officer – Paul O’Callaghan – Email: –
Mob: 085 1565155

Leinster Children’s Officer – Rory Wilson – Email:
Mob: 087 6776142

Ulster Children’s Officer –Valerie Rowan – Email:
Mob: 00487803187256

Designated Liaison Officer – Richard Fahey – Email:
Mob: 087- 2352198

Safeguarding Coordinator – Ciaran Flynn – Email: –
Phone – 01- 8844010

Regional Development Officer who can also advise on Safeguarding

Connacht – Olwyn O’Toole – Email: Mob: (086) 3514123

Munster – Lucy Penkova – Email: Mob: (085) 7331528

Fingal/Leinster – Tara Congdon – Email: – Mob: (085) 1076000

Leinster – Peter Farrell – Email: Mob: (086) 8228235

Ulster – Lauren Smythe – Email: Mob: 00447540466750