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Special Olympics Ireland Safeguarding Statement

Special Olympics Ireland offers sports training and competition for children and adults with an
intellectual disability on an all-island basis. Special Olympics recognise the duty of care to safeguard
and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. The organisation is committed to ensuring
our safeguarding practices reflect statutory and legal responsibilities, government guidance with best
practice and Special Olympics requirements.

As an organisation, we are confident that we are equipped and organised to protect the welfare of all
athletes. Our Special Olympics clubs are committed to the Special Olympics Ireland Code of Ethics and
Good Practice which aims to foster a culture of understanding and compliance.

The organisation has an identified management structure to provide guidance for individuals who may
have reasonable grounds for concern about the safety and welfare of people involved in the
organisation.

 At an all island level this individual is the mandated person known as the Programme
Safeguarding Officer.
 At regional level this individual is the Regional Director known for safeguarding purposes as
the Designated Liaison Person or Regional Safeguarding Officer.
 At local level each club will have a nominated person called the Club Safeguarding Officer.

The names of the mandated person and the designated liaison persons are listed on the Special
Olympics Ireland website and on the Safeguarding Support structure issued to clubs and displayed at
events and Games.

The organisation has undertaken an assessment and will continue to review the risks inherent with
undertaking a sports programme with persons with an intellectual disability. These include the risks
associated with Club and Coaching Practices; Complaints & Discipline; Reporting Procedures; Use of
Facilities; Recruitment; Communications; and General Risk of Harm.

Our Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First
Act 2015, (the Children First: National Guidance, and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy,
Procedure and Practice and the Guidelines produced by Gateway NI). In addition to our Risk
Assessment described above, there are further procedures that support our intention to safeguard
our athletes while they are availing of our activities.

The organisation has the following procedures in place as part of our Safeguarding Policies:

 Procedures for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct by staff or volunteers


against an athlete (s) availing of our activities

 Procedures for the safe recruitment of staff and volunteers to work with our athletes in our
activities

 Procedures for access to safeguarding training and information, including the identification of
the occurrence of harm

 Procedure for reporting athlete protection or welfare concerns to Statutory Authorities

The Mandated Person for Special Olympics Ireland is Peter O’Brien.


Special Olympics Ireland recognises that implementation is an ongoing process. Special Olympics
Ireland is committed to the implementation of this Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that
support our intention to keep athletes safe from harm while availing of our activities.

Killester Special Olympics Basketball Programme, as part of its annual affiliation to Special Olympics
Ireland, has adopted the above Statement and is committed to the implementation of best practice
Safeguarding Procedures to comply with the principles included in Special Olympics Ireland’s
Safeguarding Statement.

Name of Chairperson of Club Management Team: Anita Hogan

Name of Club Safeguarding Officer: Christina Concannon

Name of Designated Liaison Person (Regional Director): Liz Callery

Date: March 20th, 2018.