General Information

Swim Ireland has a full time National Children’s Officer with the primary responsibility for the development and implementation of the Swim Ireland policies for safeguarding children within the aquatic disciplines. It is a Swim Ireland policy to review and update this document every two years. The National Children’s Officer (NCO) is available to help and support all members with the implementation of the document. The NCO also advises and guides Club Development Officers to assist Clubs in following the policies and procedures and is available for any difficulties that may arise.

Safeguarding Children 2010 is an important document for all members to read and understand – child welfare and protection is the overarching policy for Swim Ireland, and must be a priority for all adults working with and responsible for children. The NCO will liaise with Club Children’s Officers and other relevant people working in Clubs and Associate members.

The NCO is also responsible for ensuring appropriate training programmes are available to members to raise the awareness of all child welfare and protection issues. Clubs can contact their Club Development Officer for any specific requirements.

Swim Ireland’s National Children’s Officer is Kate Hills and she can be contacted on