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Wato club safeguarding statement


Constitution Amendment:

This was ratified at the club AGM on 2nd June, 2020.


 “To ensure that the best practice is followed by this club we shall work closely with the IOA. In order to promote the best practice in children’s sport, we shall comply with the guidelines of the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport; as set out in “People – Orienteering Clubs” which are:” (insert the sixteen bullet points which are set out ”People – Orienteering Clubs” of the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport).


Child Safeguarding Statement

Section 1   Club Information

Irish Orienteering Association provides various sporting activities and opportunities for young people through participation in clubs, regional/provincial events and through our national teams.

Club details:

Name:                 WATO

Sport:         Orienteering

Location:     South East Ireland



Section 2:  Principles to safeguard children from harm

WATO is committed to safeguarding children and by working under the guidance of our NGB Safeguarding Policies our volunteers, working with our young people, throughout the organisation, seek to create a safe environment for young people to grow and develop within sport.

The following set of principles should be adhered to:

·       Importance of childhood - The importance of childhood should be understood and valued by everyone involved in sport.

·       Needs of the child - All children’s sport experiences should be guided by what is best for children. This means that adults should have a basic understanding of the emotional, physical and personal needs of young people.

·       Integrity in relationships - Adults interacting with children in sport are in a position of trust and influence. They should always ensure that children are treated with integrity and respect, and the self-esteem of young people is enhanced.

·       Fair Play - All children’s sport should be conducted in an atmosphere of fair play. The principles of fair play should always be emphasised, and organisers should give clear guidelines regarding acceptable standards of behaviour.

·       Quality atmosphere & ethos - Children’s sport should be conducted in a safe, positive and encouraging atmosphere.

·       Competition - Competition is an essential element of sport and should be encouraged in an age appropriate manner. A child centred ethos will help to ensure that competition and specialisation are kept in their appropriate place.

·       Equality - All children should be valued and treated in an equitable and fair manner regardless of ability, age, gender, religion, social and ethnic background or political persuasion.