Training & Development

The following child protection training/workshops are tailored for sports organisations and are the courses recognised by Swim Ireland.

Basic workshops

  • Children in Sport Awareness Workshop (Code of Ethics) – Irish Sports Council
  • Safeguarding Young People in Sport – Sport NI

Advanced workshops

    • Club Children’s Officer Workshop – Irish Sports Council
    • Child Protection: Designated Officer – Sport NI

Previous/alternative courses may be accepted on application to the NCO

Access to the required training is available locally through the Swim Ireland and this is arranged on demand. Contact your Club to arrange a course locally or Swim Ireland directly for courses in your area.

Basic child protection training is a pre-requisite for Swim Ireland qualifications, so if you are thinking of becoming a team manager, a teacher or perhaps joining the committee attend a child protection course as soon as you have an opportunity and we encourage parents to attend as well. Apply to Education department for further information on training courses.


There are several Safeguarding Young People workshops being held in the regions in early in September/October.  These workshops will be covering the recent updates to vetting and other relevant topics for club children’s officers, committees and other members working with young people.

The Flyer and Booking Form are available to download now – please note there has been a change to the dates of  workshops to accommodate the clubs in the regions.

POSTPONED   tba Wednesday 4th   September 6.30   – 9.30pm Limerick
POSTPONED   to 5/10 Thursday 5th   September 6.30   – 9.30pm ISHQ
  Saturday 7th September 9.30am – 12.30pm Mallow
  Saturday 7th September 3.00 – 6.00pm New   Ross
  **Wednesday 18th September 7.00-10.00pm Claremorris
  **Tuesday 1st October 6.30 – 9.30pm Belfast
  **Wednesday 2nd October 6.30 – 9.30pm Ballygawley   Community centre
  **Saturday 5th October 2.00pm – 5.00pm Irish   Sport HQ

** Revised dates to accommodate clubs in regions

Contact your Support Officer/Development Officer  for further details and booking for these workshops (booking form can be accessed here)

Connacht: Vincent Finn

Leinster: Aisling McKeever

Munster: Cathal Geraghty

Ulster: Ruth McQuillan

You can attend any of the workshops in any region that is convenient for you.