Role of the Children’s Officer

The appointment of Children’s Officers in clubs is an essential element in the creation of a quality atmosphere. They act as a resource with regard to issues and policies that affect children and young people in the club. Children’s Officers should be aware of the code of ethics and child safeguarding in relation to young people. Check that all activities are safe, fun and conducted in a spirit of fair play for all. Children’s officers should also be informed on how to deal with any concerns that may arise in relation to the protection of children and young people.

Main Duties

  • To represent the voice of the child in the club
  • To promote awareness of the code of ethics
  • To influence policy and practice within the club in order to prioritise children’s needs
  • Establish contact with Athletics Ireland Child Welfare Manager
  • To ensure that children know how to make concerns known to leaders in the club
  • To act as an advisory resource to club leaders on best practice in children’s sport
  • To report regularly to the Club Management Committee
  • To monitor changes in membership
  • To ensure that the children have a voice in the running of their club
  • Ensure all children/athletes, volunteers and parents agree to abide by and sign up to the Code of Conduct
  • Ensure that the club maintain effective rules and regulations including complaints, disciplinary and appeals procedures
  • Ensure that the club has an anti-bullying policy
  • Ensure Safe Recruitment Guidelines are followed including Garda Vetting and acceptable references
  • Monitor and promote the correct use of Social Media as a communication tool within the club

Skills Required

  • Child Centred
  • A good knowledge of current guidelines in the safety and welfare of children
  • Childrens Officer training
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Organised record keeper
  • Knowledge of child safeguarding reporting procedures
  • Excellent communication skills