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Children First Act Update

Wednesday 20 December 2017

Reminder from Sport Ireland to all NGB’s and sports clubs that the Children First Act will commence on Monday the 11th of December 2017. 

There are 5 parts to the Children First Act and Part 2 and 3 are relevant to Sport Organisations:

  • Part 2 – Child safeguarding statement is a written statement that specifies the service provided outlining the principles and procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of children. (Section 11(1))

Child Safeguarding Statement must be in place by 11th March 2018. (Sport Ireland will circulate a template that organisation may find useful in January)


  • Part 3 -Mandated person is a person specified in Schedule 2:

(i) safeguarding officer, child protection officer or other person (howsoever described) who is employed for the purpose of performing the child welfare and protection function.This person must be named on commencement of the Act.

Please see below link to press release from DCYA and also a link to the Children First Act 2015 supporting documents:



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