Child Protection Policy

Charity, Cycling and Craic!

Cycling Ireland provides sporting activities and opportunities for young people though participation in clubs, national events and our national teams. Cycling Ireland and Maynooth Students for Charity are committed to safeguarding children and affiliated clubs work under the guidance of our Safeguarding Policies. All our volunteers and staff working with our young people, throughout the organisation, seek to create a safe environment for young people to participate in all cycling activities.

This club’s written Safeguarding Risk Assessment document indicates the areas of potential risk of harm, the likelihood of the risk occurring, and gives the required policy, guidance or process documents required to help alleviate these risks.  The list of risks identified is contained in the following categories: Club and Coaching Practices, Complaints & Discipline, Reporting Procedures, Use of Facilities, Recruitment, Communications and General Risk of Harm.

This club’s Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, (the Children First:National Guidance and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice). For cycling clubs outside the jurisdiction of ROI, Cycling Ireland require NI clubs to adopt the Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment as part of best safeguarding practice. Clubs based in NI may referto ‘Cooperating to Safeguard Children and Young People’ document version 2.0, 2017 for further guidance. 

In addition to our Risk Assessment document described above, there are further procedures that support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our activities.

Cycling Ireland has the following procedures in place as part of our Safeguarding Code and Policies:

  • Procedures for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct by staff or volunteers against a child availing of our activities
  • Procedures for the safe recruitment of staff and volunteers to work with children in our activities
  • Procedures for access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm
  • Procedure for reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Statutory Authorities
  • Appointment of Safeguarding Officers and Relevant Persons at Club and National level

The National Safeguarding Officer for Cycling Ireland is Donal Gillespie, Tel: 086 044 7735,

We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our club is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our activities.

This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed within 24 months of the date below:

For any queries about this Child Safeguarding Statement, please contact the Club Children’s Officer: Steven McCarthy M: 085 7275711