SNI BMX 25Sport Northern Ireland recognises its moral duty and legal obligation to protect children and young people in sport through the creation and promotion of a safe environment which protects them from harm.

Sport NI Safeguarding Policies:

Safeguarding Adults in Sport Policy and Procedures

Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy Review

Sport NI Designated Safeguarding Officers are as follows:

Lead Designated Officer: Ian Weir (

House of Sport Designated Officer: Nicola Algie (

Sport Northern Ireland Sports Institute: Damian Martin (

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre: Trevor Fisher (

What to do if I have a concern

The vast majority of children enjoy their experience of sport in a safe and fun environment thanks to the volunteer leaders and parents supporting them. But if you have a concern about a child’s experience in sport you can seek advice from a number of different organisations depending on the nature of the concerns.

The options are:

  • To talk to the child’s coach
  • Raise issue with the club welfare/designated officer
  • Report to the sport’s governing body national welfare/designated officer
  • Seek advice from either the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit or helpline via 0808 800 5000 and
  • Contact the Gateway Service Teams in the Health and Social Care Trusts
  • Report to Police Service of NI via calling 101 or reporting online In an emergency call 999

Every Club working with under 18’s should have:

1. Adopted a Governing Body safeguarding/child protection policy.

2. Appointed a Designated Safeguarding Children Officer/ Child Welfare Officer/Safeguarding Officer and promoted their contact details to everyone in the club.

3. Codes of conduct/behaviour in place for your organisation.

4. Arranged safeguarding/ child protection training for your staff/volunteers working directly with children. Contact for more information.

5. Reporting procedures for dealing with complaints or concerns regarding poor practice, abuse or neglect in relation to safeguarding children.

6. Safe recruitment procedures for your volunteers/staff including using AccessNI checks for those in regulated activity.

In Northern Ireland the Club Framework For Safeguarding Standards In Sport provides clubs with a self-assessment checklist document for sport but clubs should contact your Sport Governing Body for sport specific guidance.

Alternatively you can visit the Child Protection in Sport Unit and        contact for further information.

Parents/Carers – When selecting a club for your child you should:

1. Talk to your child to understand what they want from joining the club and continue to talk to them about how they are enjoying the activity.

2. Confirm if the volunteers/staff have been safely recruited including vetting checks.

3. Check does the club have a safeguarding policy that is accessible to you.

4. Know what the club will do if there is an accident, and they ask for your consent and emergency contact details.

5. Know who to talk to if you have a worry.

6. Check what safeguarding training the volunteers/staff have had.

For more information on how parents/carers can help keep their child safe and make sure the activity is fun visit the CPSU’s Parents Hub.