All Coaches, Children’s Officers and Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) must first complete the 3 hour Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course. This course educates participants on the implementation of best practice in protecting the welfare of children involved in sport.
A person appointed to the Club Children’s Officer position in a club must have completed safeguarding 1 (Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness workshop) and should complete the Club Children’s Officer 3 hour workshop. This course will help the Club Children’s Officer to carry out the function of their role in the club and support the implementation of best practice in the club. Participants will also receive a Club Children’s Officer Action Planning document as part of the training.
A person appointed to the Designated Liaison Person position in a club must have completed the Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course (Safeguarding 1) and should complete the NEW Designated Liaison Person 3 hour workshop (Safeguarding 3).
Club Children’s Officers should be child-centred in focus and have as the primary aim the establishment of a child-centred ethos within the club. S/he is the link between the children and the adults in the club. S/he also takes responsibility for monitoring and reporting to the Club Management Committee on how club policy impacts on young people and Sports Leaders
Every club/organisation should designate a person to be responsible for dealing with any concerns about the protection of children. The Designated Liaison Person is responsible for reporting allegations or suspicions of child abuse to TULSA Child and Family Agency or Social Services (NI) and/or An Garda Siochán / PSNI. It is recommended that this person is ideally a person in a senior position in the club. If the Chairperson/President is unable to perform this role for any reason then it should be held by another senior person in the club in good standing.
It can be held by one of the children’s officers however this is not ideal.
The Children’s Officer drives child protection within the club.
The Designated Liaison Person is responsible for reporting a suspected incident to the relevant authorities.
The organisation’s child protection policy and procedures should include the name and contact details of the Designated Liaison Person and the responsibilities attached to the role.
Please note that it is of the utmost importance that your Club keeps Tennis Ireland informed of the current Children’s Officers and Designated Person’s contact details. You can submit these details here.
All enquiries regarding training courses in the ROI should be to the Local Sports Partnerships.
Please see below for a list of Sports Partnerships close to your area.
The courses are delivered on demand by the Local Sports Partnerships. For contact information on the nearest Sports Partnership to your area click here –
For Northern Ireland – Safeguarding Children in Sport; Children’s Officer Training
This training is aimed primarily at Children’s Officers within sports clubs and governing bodies of sport to assist them in their role of safeguarding children in sport. The training will last for approximately 4.5 hours. Tutors should note that the timings are approximate.
All courses are delivered by the City & Borough Councils.