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Release Date: 17/09/2012

Author: By: Jessica de Largy

The Irish FAs Child and Player Welfare Department teamed up with the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and other sporting Governing Bodies to host the first ever all Ireland Safeguarding in Sport conference.

The conference, which took place at Armagh City Hotel last Saturday, was aimed at improving the knowledge of Club and Community Child Welfare Officers as well as those whom assume responsibility for the development and management of sporting activities for children and young people. Over 150 delegates from various sporting organisations benefited from key note safeguarding presentations from various safeguarding experts including Jim Gamble, founding Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre and CEO of INEQE Group, who delivered a very insightful presentation on social media and the practical implications for clubs.

Irish FA Child and Player Welfare Manager, and conference organiser, Jim Grattan commented:  “I am delighted to assist the CPSU with the first all Ireland safeguarding in sport conference. Sport provides children and young people with so many positive opportunities therefore it is imperative that the environment in which they participate is safe and free from harm. Every sport has a responsibility to provide this safety net therefore it makes sense for Governing Bodies, Welfare Officers and coaches to come together to help each other learn and improve.”

Conference delegates also had the opportunity of attending two out of four practical seminars on: 

Dealing with conflict and disciplinary issues arising from safeguarding concerns

Understanding the “sexual grooming” process in sport and leisure

Communicating with children 

What works for sports clubs when building a “successful” well organised and structured club for young people. 


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    Jim Gamble (NSPCC /CPSU).

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