The role of a Club Children’s Officer (CCO)

  • The CCO should be a member of the Club Management Committee.
  • Safe Recruitment and Selection of Coaches and Leaders.
  • Garda Vetting is one of the key elements of the safe recruitment process.
  • The CCO should ensure that Coaches, Leaders and Parents are vetted in line with AAI Garda Vetting Policy prior to taking on their role within the club.
  • Liase with Athletics Ireland and/or local sports partnership to secure Child Safeguarding Training for coaches/committee members within the first 6 months of taking up a new role.
  • CCO should monitor the 3 year refresh of Garda Vetting and the 4 year refresh of SG1.
  • Understand the Athletics Ireland Code of Ethics & Child Safeguarding Guidance.
  • The CCO should be knowledgeable about child protection and undertake any training considered necessary i.e. Sport Ireland Safeguarding 1 and 2 courses.
  • Encouraging the participation of parents /guardians within club activities to ensure maximum enjoyment and participation for each child.
  • Acts as a support to Coaches and Sports Leaders on Child Protection issues/concerns.
  • Be a presence at juvenile training sessions.
  • Ensure that children know how and whom they can report their concerns to within the club.
  • If there are grounds for concern about the safety or welfare of a young person you should react to the concern.
  • Act as the Relevant Person with responsibility for the club Child Safeguarding Statement.



ATHLETICS IRELAND SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT: Athletics_Ireland_National_CSS_150823.docx (



AAI GARDA VETTING ADULTS AAI_eVetting_Invitation_form_112022.pdf (

AAI GARDA VETTING UNDER 18s AAI_Parent_Guardian_Consent_Form_290416.pdf (