All sporting organisations across Ireland are required to complete a Sport Ireland Club Safeguarding Self-Assessment Audit 2021-2022. The IABA is now providing information and support to clubs on completing this process.
Sport Ireland launched its auditing tool in March 2021. It is aimed at ensuring club compliance with the Children First Act.
The audit is designed to support National Governing Bodies, including the IABA, in strengthening adherence to safeguarding policies and procedures, thereby ensuring that children and young people partaking in sport are protected.
The Sport Ireland Club Safeguarding Self-Assessment Audit 2021-2022 is designed to enable clubs to:
- Self-assess adherence to Safeguarding Policies and procedures
- Identify gaps and actions areas
The Sport Ireland Club Safeguarding Self-Assessment Audit 2021-2022 is designed to enable The IABA to:
- Gain an overview of Safeguarding adherence
- Identify any issues of non-compliance
- Identify supports clubs may need to become compliant
The IABA will support clubs through this audit in these ways:
- Providing access links to the online audit process.
- Providing a step-by-step guide to completing the audit process.
- Providing access to video resources to guide clubs through the audit completion process
- Providing advice, support, and guidance through the IABA’s National Child Safeguarding Manager Declan Lynch, available at email@example.com.
The IABA will be emailing out a link to all clubs who have been identified as providing a relevant service under the Children First Act 2015. This link will provide the club with access to create an account and to login to access the online self-assessment questionnaire.
The online self-assessment questionnaire covers the following areas:
- Key Safeguarding Roles
- Safeguarding Training
- Child Safeguarding policies and procedures
- Additional policies, procedures, and guidance
- Volunteer Recruitment & Support
- Behaviour & Equality
All affiliated organisations will need to complete the online self-assessment questionnaire and submit it before March 20th, 2022.
January 26th, 2022: The IABA advisory on Sport Ireland Club Safeguarding Self-Assessment Audit 2021-2022 issued to all affiliated clubs.
January 29th, 2022: The IABA provides audit access links and supporting resources to all clubs.
March 20th, 2022: Deadline for completion of the Sport Ireland Club Safeguarding Self-Assessment Audit 2021-2022
For clubs which would like to review their safeguarding practices and procedures in advance of completing the Sport Ireland Club Safeguarding Self-Assessment Audit 2021-2022, the IABA’s suite of safeguarding templates and documents, are here. This resource contains 27 templates, policies and guidance resources for clubs.
IABA National Safeguarding Manager, Declan Lynch, says “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all for your continued hard work and commitment that has enabled children to participate in and compete in boxing in a safe and fun environment. I remain available to assist and support clubs throughout this very important process.”
If you have any questions about the Sport Ireland Club Safeguarding Self-Assessment Audit, please direct them to IABA National Safeguarding Manager, Declan Lynch, via firstname.lastname@example.org