Anyone under the age of 18 is a child/young person.


Designated Person:

A person responsible for reporting allegations/suspicions of child abuse to the Statutory Authorities. This person will also be responsible for dealing with any concerns about the protection of young people. Where there is no named Designated Person the Children’s Officer fulfils this role.



The term parent is used as a generic term to represent parents, careers and guardians.



This term emphasizes the proactive approach of Dragon Taekwondo in relation to child protection in that by putting policies and procedures in place and outlining good practice we will protect our young participants, vulnerable adults and our members.


Statutory Authorities:

Statutory Authorities who promote the welfare and protection of children and young people and who have a legal responsibility for the investigation and/or validation of suspected child abuse,

i.e. in the Republic of Ireland, it is An Garda Síochána and the Health Service Executive and in Northern Ireland it is the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Social Services.



Police Service Northern Ireland.


Garda (Garda Síochána):

The police service in the Republic of Ireland.



Access NI the vetting service in Northern Ireland.


Age Grouping:

Veteran – Athletes born in years: 1979 and earlier Seniors – Athletes born in years: 1997 and earlier Juniors – Athletes born in years: 1999, 1998, 1997

Cadets – Athletes born in years: 2002, 2001, 2000

Children – Athletes born in years: 2005, 2004, 2003

Pee Wee – Athletes born in years: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006


Vulnerable Adult:


A vulnerable adult is aged 18 years or over who: ‘is or may need community care services by reason of mental health or other disability, age or illness’ and ‘is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation’.

A vulnerable adult may be a person who:

  • Is elderly or frail;
  • Has learning disabilities;
  • Suffers from mental illness (e.g. dementia, personality disorder);
  • Has a physical disability;
  • Is a substance misuser;
  • Is homeless;
  • Is in an abusive

(It should be noted that disability or age alone does not signify that an adult is vulnerable.)



Club Children’s Officers should be child centered in focus and have as the primary aim the establishment of a child centered ethos within the club. S/he is the link between the children and the adults in the club. S/he also takes responsibility for monitoring and reporting to the Club Management Committee on how club policy impacts on young people and Athletics Leaders.

The Children’s Officer should be a member of or have access to, the Club Management Committee and should be introduced to the young people in an appropriate forum. The Children’s Officer should have the following role:

  • To promote awareness of the code within the club, among young members and their parents/guardians. This could be achieved by: – the production/distribution of information leaflets, the establishment of children’s/ age-group specific notice boards, regular information meetings for the young people and their parents/guardians.
  • To influence policy and practice within the club to priorities children’s needs.
  • Establish contact with the National Children’s Officer at governing body
  • To ensure that children know how to make concerns known to appropriate adults or
  • To encourage the appropriate involvement of parents/guardians in the club
  • To act as an advisory resource to Athletics Leaders on best practice in children’s sport.
  • To report regularly to the Club Management
  • To monitor changes in membership and follow up any unusual dropout, absenteeism or club transfers by children or Athletics
  • To ensure that the children have a voice in the running of their club and ensure that there are steps young people can take to express concerns about their sports activities/experiences.
  • Establish communication with other branches of the club, g. facilitate parent’s information sessions at the start of the season.
  • Keep records on each member on file, their contact numbers and any special needs of the child that should be known to
  • Ensure each member signs an annual membership form that includes signing up to the code of Conduct
  • Ensure that the club rules and regulations include: –
    • an anti-bullying policy
    • complaints, disciplinary and appeals procedures
    • safety statement
    • rules in relation to travelling with children
    • supervision and recruitment of leaders


This Anti-Bullying Policy has been adopted from the Irish Sports Council’s Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children’s Sport (2006), the GAA Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport (2009), IMAC Operational Framework 2013. Athletics Ireland code of practice for children 2012. The Irish Sports Council and the Sports Council for Northern Ireland Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children’s Sport 2005. Using Social Networking Services & Social Media: Promoting Safe & Responsible use (CPSU 2011)