Child Protection & Structure

The Irish Athletic Boxing Association fully accept our obligation to protect the many young people taking part in the our sport. A Code of Conduct in relation to the sport of amateur boxing has been adopted and implemented by all units of the IABA since the Annual Convention of 2002. It is of the utmost importance that young people stay involved in sport throughout their adult life. With this in mind, we strive to ensure that their experiences are both positive and enjoyable, irrespective of their ability, gender, social class or race, during their early years by providing the opportunities in a safe environment to take part under fit and proper supervision. Under our Rules and Constitution, each club, County Board, Provincial  Council and National Boxing Council must appoint a properly trained and Certified Child Protection Officer. This Rule is strictly adhered to at all times.

Commitment to Duty of Care At All Times

The Sport of Amateur Boxing, which comprises of over 300 clubs in every part of the Country, North, South, East and West is well served by a corps of fully trained, certifier volunteer Child Protection Officers.  We are therefore in a position to ensure that any young boy or girl taking up this sport of amateur boxing is carefully protected at all times. The IABA acknowledges that the safety, security and well being of the young people involved in the sport of Amateur Boxing is of paramount importance and must be safeguarded at all times.  Each of our Child Protection Officers and all the members of each club are required to become familiar with all aspects of this essential Code of Ethics.

IABA National CPO

Dave Britton | Email Contact | david@iaba.ie

Phone: 086 0453904

Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children’s Sport

The Irish Sports Council and the Sports Council for Northern Ireland published a joint Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport in 2000. This major joint publication recognised the commitment of both Councils to ensure that young people are safeguarded in their participation in sport in the island of Ireland. The Code has been adopted and implemented by governing bodies of sports, clubs, local sports partnerships and community/voluntary groups on an on-going basis since 2000. It has been encouraging to see the common sense approach to the adoption of the code at grass roots level, which has resulted in protection for young people and leaders.

If young people are to stay involved in sport throughout their adult life, they need to be equipped with the fundamentals to remain involved with sport and physical activity. Equally we need to ensure that their early experiences are positive and enjoyable, irrespective of their ability, gender, social class, race, etc. It is encouraging to see adults, both volunteers and professionals, contribute to these positive experiences byacting as role models in all dealings with young people. In particular the work of Children’s Officers at club and national level is instrumental in implementing the Code. We need to build on this valuable work to ensure that all young people see sport and physical activity as an important and valuable aspect of their lives that they will sustain throughout their adulthood.

The review of the Code in 2005 ensures that the policies and procedures that we implement at all levels in sport are up-to-date and in line with relevant documents, current best practice and legislation throughout the island of Ireland. We thank the committee for its work throughout 2005 and we hope that this will help all sporting organisations to protect and maintain the welfare of all young people through sport.

For more information on the information day or details on the Irish Sports Council’s Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children’s Sport contact bpriestley@irishsportscouncil.ie or telephone (01) 860 8800.