Leitrim Sports Partnership is inviting expressions of interest from those who wish to participate in a Club Children’s Officer Course on Saturday April 6, in Áras an Chontae, Carrick-on-Shannon.
A central goal for all those involved in sport for young people is to provide a safe, positive and nurturing environment where children can develop and enhance their physical and social skills.
The Irish Sports Council’s certified workshop addresses core principles relating to the importance of childhood, the needs of the child, integrity & fair play, relationships and safety in children’s sport. The workshop is a 4-hour basic awareness workshop, which is for the benefit of everyone involved in sport for young people including coaches, leaders, administrators, parents/guardians.
Recommendations from the Irish Sports Council are that every club involved with children and young people should appoint a Children’s Officer. This person should be child centred in focus and should have as their primary aim the establishment of a child centred ethos within the club. They are the link between the children and the adults in the club and also take responsibility for monitoring and reporting to the Club Management Committee on how club policy etc. impacts on children and their Sports Leaders.
It is essential that those who wish to attend the Children’s Officer Training have attended the Code of Ethics Awareness/Child Protection Training workshop.
It is recommended to have at least one Children’s Officer per club or if there is a large number of both boys and girls in the club, to have two Children’s Officers – one male and one female. As places are limited, pre-booking is essential.