Child welfare and protection is the overarching policy for Swim Ireland and must be a priority for anyone working with and responsible for children. 

Swim Ireland is committed to following the legislation of both Ireland and Northern Ireland, in providing a duty of care to ensure the safest possible environment for the young people involved in our sport. We live this by providing staff members, affiliated club personnel and every course candidate with training opportunities to act in the best interests of young people in aquatics

The Swim Ireland Safeguarding workshops are endorsed by Sport Ireland and Sport NI and enable  our members aged 16 and over to prepare for volunteering and/or working with young people in the aquatics industry

The following child protection courses are recognised by Swim Ireland:

Basic workshops

  • Safeguarding 1 – Sport Ireland
  • Safeguarding Children & Young People – Sport NI

Advanced workshops

  • Safeguarding 2 Club Children's Officer (CCO) – Sport Ireland
  • Designated Safeguarding Children's Officer (CO) – Sport NI
  • Safeguarding 3 Designated Liaison Person (DLP) - Sport Ireland

Book a course now through our Education Calendar.

For specific Child Welfare queries please contact Kate or Amanda (details below).

Education Contacts

Aveen Colvin

Aveen Colvin

Water Polo Education Administrator

+353 1 6251120

Contact for queries regarding Education for Water Polo clubs

Kate Hills

Kate Hills

Youth Development Director

+353 86 856 0672

Amanda Ní Ghabhann

Amanda Ní Ghabhann

Youth Development Officer