Child Safeguarding Statement

Hockey Ireland provides various sporting activities and opportunities for young people through
participation in clubs, regional/provincial events and through our national teams.

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.

In working with young people in hockey our first priority is the welfare of young people and we
are committed to providing an environment that will allow participants to perform to the best of
their ability, free from abuse, neglect, bullying and intimidation.

Cork Harlequins’ written Risk Assessment document indicates the areas of potential risk of harm,
the likelihood of the risk occurring, and gives the required policy and guidance or process
documents require to alleviate these risks. The list of risks identified are contained in the
following categories: Club and Coaching Practices; Complaints & Discipline; Reporting
Procedures; Use of Facilities; Recruitment; Communications; and General Risk of Harm.
The Risk Assessment was undertaken on 5 th March 2018.

Our Child 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). In addition to our Risk Assessment document
described above, there are further procedures that support our intention to safeguard children
while they are availing of our activities.

Cork Harlequins 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 a child availing of our activities
  • Procedures for the safe recruitment of staff and volunteers to work with children in our
    activities
  • Procedures for access to child safeguarding training and information, including the
    identification of the occurrence of harm
  • Procedure for reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Statutory Authorities

The National Children’s Officer for Hockey Ireland is Laura Cullen.

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 March 5 th 2020.

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