Child Safeguarding Statement (Hockey)

Child Safeguarding Statement
Section 1 – National Governing Body /club information
Hockey Ireland provides various sporting activities and opportunities for young people through participation in clubs, regional/provincial events and through our national teams.
Club/Province details:
• (Name): Cork Harlequins
• Sport: Hockey
• Location (National/Local level): Cork
• Size (Number of staff/members/clubs): 600
• Activity: Playing hockey
Section 2 – Principles to safeguard children from harm
Cork Harlequins is committed to safeguarding children and by working under the guidance of Hockey Ireland’s Safeguarding Policies, our staff, both volunteers and employed, working with our young people, throughout the organisation, seek to create a safe environment for young people to grow and develop within sport. The following set of principles should be adhered to:
• Importance of childhood – The importance of childhood should be understood and valued by everyone involved in sport.
• Needs of the child – All children’s sport experiences should be guided by what is best for children. This means that adults should have a basic understanding of the emotional, physical and personal needs of young people.
• Integrity in relationships – Adults interacting with children in sport are in a position of trust and influence. They should always ensure that children are treated with integrity and respect, and the self-esteem of young people is enhanced.
• Fair Play – All children’s sport should be conducted in an atmosphere of fair play. The principles of fair play should always be emphasised, and organisers should give clear guidelines regarding acceptable standards of behaviour.
• Quality atmosphere & ethos – Children’s sport should be conducted in a safe, positive and encouraging atmosphere.
• Competition – Competition is an essential element of sport and should be encouraged in an age-appropriate manner. A child-centred ethos will help to ensure that competition and specialisation are kept in their appropriate place.
• Equality – All children should be valued and treated in an equitable and fair manner regardless of ability, age, gender, religion, social and ethnic background or political persuasion.

The National Children’s Officer for Hockey Ireland is Dwyne Hill,


The Mandated Person for MBHI is;  Shirley Moore, Munster Branch Children’s Officer,  Email:

We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our Club is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our activities.

This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on September 1st 2022.

For queries on this Child Safeguarding Statement, please contact Grace Keane (Club Child Officer)