Welfare

Child Protection

All coaches, officials and club volunteers should have a criminal background check as a matter of good practice in club child protection.

This is done through a company called Access Northern Ireland and is free of charge. If you or anyone else in your club would like a form, please contact Athletics NI- 02890 602707 or email info@athleticsni.org

Our Child Protection policies are through UK Athletics


Safeguarding Children in Athletics

Thank you for taking time to visit the Athletics Northern Ireland Child Protection section. This section was developed by Athletics NI in partnership with UK Athletics and the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).

Athletics is an every-day activity for many children and makes a significant contribution to their well being and development. All athletics clubs have a duty to safeguard children from abuse within our sport. They also have a role in recognising and responding to concerns that a child may be being harmed within another setting, such as the family home. By encouraging all clubs to implement the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport we believe that everyone in athletics will benefit – children, parents/guardians and leaders. For more information CLICK HERE.

SAFEGUARDING WELFARE POLICY

 

The Wider Picture

Children can be subjected to many forms of unacceptable treatment by adults or indeed by their own peers, which we may never consider being abuse, but none the less the impact of such ill treatment is wide-ranging and impossible to quantify. At a personal level, such ill treatment can completely destroy a child’s sense of worth attacking their self-confidence and self-esteem. At its worst some children can feel that their situation, which if it goes unchallenged, is so hopeless that suicide is their only option.

For further information please contact Athletics NI Welfare Officer;

Wendy Phillips - welfare@athleticsni.org Telephone. 077 1176 0831

 

All coaches, officials and club volunteers should have a criminal background check as a matter of good practice in club child protection.

This is done through a company called Access Northern Ireland and is free of charge. If you or anyone else in your club would like to complete a form, please visit www.athleticsni.org/AccessNI-check

Our Child Protection policies are through British Athletics.

 

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Athletics NI support the NSPCC & Childline's aim to raise awareness and understanding of the issues concerning young people in sport. 

If you are concerned that a young person is at risk of suicide or self-harm, don’t wait until you’re certain -  contact the NSPCC helpline for advice and support on 0808 800 5000, by emailing help@nspcc.org.uk  or text 88858

 

If you are under 18 years or younger, you can call Childline direct to talk about anything that is worrying you. They are open 24/7 and talking to them is totally free.

Call 0800 1111 or visit their website at childline.org.uk where you can have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email to one of their counsellors.

 

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”Childline is a service provided by the NSPCC. Registered charity numbers 216401 and SC037717.”

 

 

Monday 5th to Monday 12th February is Sexual Violence and Abuse Awareness Week. This is a campaign to encourage survivors of abuse to come forward. https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/sexual-abuse-sexual-violence-awareness-week-2018/

 

Athletics NI is supporting the @NEXUS_NI #breakingthesilence campaign this #svsaweek. See http://nexusni.org for further information on their vital services across the province

Elephant in the Room https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/37YH6FN

The Youth Mental Health Advisory Committee (NI Youth Forum, youth@clc and Belfast Youth Forum) would like you to share information about consultation events they are running for 14 – 17 year olds as they want to hear their views on how to improve mental health education and services for young people. Pease share the survey as wide as you can with young people from Northern Ireland. Alternatively there are face to face focus group in 3 location in NI as well.

Join them at one of the Elephant in the Room focus group events organised by young people for young people:

DERRY – Nerve Centre, 9 March 2018; 5pm – 9pm

Contact Emma - emmacampbell@childrenslawcentre.org)

 

NEWRY – Canal Court Hotel, 15 March 2018; 5pm – 9pm

Contact Amanda - aastewart84@gmail.com

 

BELFAST – City Hall, 20 March 2018; 5pm – 9pm

Contact Aine - HargeyA@BelfastCity.gov.uk