CP Compliancy Item 6

6.  Designated Liaison Persons to attend Safeguarding 1 and Safeguarding 3 training (please provide details of the course on a separate sheet e.g. certificate number, and where possible attach a copy of the Certificate received);

Note:  It is recommended and noted as best practice that the designated person be someone ideally 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.

In order to become a Designated Liaison Person you have to have completed both Safeguarding 1 and 3.

1. Safeguarding 1 – Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course

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.

2. Safeguarding 2 – Club Children’s Officer (C.C.O)

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.

3. Safeguarding 3 – Designated Liaison Person(DLP)

A person appointed to the Designated Liaison Person position in a club must have completed the Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course and should complete the NEW Designated Liaison Person 3 hour workshop. A club may appoint the same person to both the CCO and DLP positions however best practice advises that they are kept as separate roles.

The third part of the ISC Child Welfare & Protection Training Programme is the Designated Liaison Person workshop. This workshop is currently under review and will be available to clubs in the Spring /Summer of 2015.

Club Children’s Officers

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

Designated Liaison Person

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.  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.

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 Childrens 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.