Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children's Sport

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Author: Alison Packman/Tuesday 3 March 2020/Categories: Child Welfare and Safe Guarding


As per Appendix L of the Eventing Ireland Rule Book, Eventing Ireland has adopted Horse Sport Ireland’s Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Youths and Vulnerable Adults in our Sport ("HSI Code of Ethics"), as may be amended from time to time, and the HSI Code of Ethics shall have effect and be binding upon all persons required to be vetted under the National Vetting Bureau Act 2012 and all persons referred to in the HSI Code of Ethics, and all such persons shall be deemed to have agreed to be bound by and to comply strictly with the HSI Code of Ethics."  

The Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport in Ireland is for the benefit of everyone involved in children's sport - children, parents/guardians and Sports Leaders, etc.  By following the principles, policy and practice guidelines contained in the Code, adult sport leaders are playing their part in providing an enjoyable and safe environment in which children can learn and thrive.

As citizens, adults have a responsibility to protect children from harm and to abide by government guidelines in responding to and reporting child protection concerns.  This responsibility exists wherever such concerns might arise, whether inside or outside sport.  Guidelines contained in the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport in Ireland took account of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and is in accordance with government guidelines in the documents Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children (IRL) and Our Duty to Care (NI).  The guidelines contained in the Code are complimentary to, and do not substitute, the government guidelines, which should be available within sports clubs/organisations.

The Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport is built upon a number of core principles relating to the importance of childhood, the needs of the child, integrity and fair play, and relationships and safety in children's sport.  It addresses issues relating to the roles and responsibilities of all involved in children's sport, and underpins the importance of policies and procedures in providing quality leadership for children in sport.  It outlines principles of good practice and child protection policy and procedures.

The full application of the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport by everyone in sport will help to ensure the promotion of happy, healthy and successful experiences for children and their Sports Leaders.

The rules of Eventing Ireland regarding children in sport in Ireland are the Irish Sports Councils “Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’ sport in Ireland” as indicated above and shall be construed as rules of Eventing Ireland.  

For more information, please see: HSI Child Welfare

NOTE:  Eventing Ireland requires all officials communicating with a minor to have an adult third party present, ie: parent/guardian.

All instructors/trainers must be approved by HSI and will have undertaken the Garda Vetting process.  Information regarding Garda Vetting can be found  HERE

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