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Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults at IFPAC


Safeguarding Children and vulnerable adults at IFPAC 

Protecting children and vulnerable adults is of paramount importance at IFPAC and in order to help each of our member clubs to be fully compliant we have prepared the following guide lines.

All IFPAC member clubs must read and adhere to the following:

It is essential that persons in your club Youth/Children's Officer require Garda/PSNI vetting for all, i.e. it is essential for all persons with access to children and vulnerable adults in their affiliated clubs to IFPAC in which A.C.I. (Angling Council of Ireland) is the umbrella group for all federations - see links below for more information:

Bob Seward (Executive Administrator) of ACI, ACI authorized Garda Vetting Liaison Person providing the agreed application process for angling vetting for our member federations and organisations. 


Complimentary vetting is available for all those residents in Ireland and is valid for a period of three years. Please contact Bob and he will assist you with your application.

Call Bob on 085 8436459 or email to request a vetting form.

For those residents in Northern Ireland Angling NI is the registered body for completing applications for Access NI/PSNI vetting which are free of charge to all club members.  


Applications are made on-line.  

Please refer to the guidance notes provided below and follow the link to Angling NI for further details:  

Please note that you will be required to open an account and supply a PIN.

IFPAC Child and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding Statement

Our Child and Vulnerable Adult Safety Statement is available to view and download here:

Getting Compliant

In order for your club (if your club has juveniles/vulnerable adults) to comply with the present legal requirements, Sport Ireland offers three workshops in the area of Safeguarding and child protection, as follows:

Safeguarding 1: Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Workshop

All Coaches, Club Children’s Officers (CCO) and Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) must first complete the 3-hour Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Workshop.  This workshop educates participants on the implementation of best practice in safeguarding the welfare of children involved in sport.

Safeguarding 2: Club Children's Officer

A person appointed to the role of Club Children’s Officer within a club must have firstly completed Sport Irelands Safeguarding 1 (Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness workshop). They should also complete Sport Irelands Club Children’s Officer 3-hour workshop. The aim of this workshop is to help the Club Children’s Officer to carry out their role and support the implementation of best practice in the club. Participants will also receive a Club Children’s Officer Action Planning document as part of the training.
Please note: As a basic requirement your designated Children's/Youth Officer must complete Safguarding 1 &2 and be Garda Vetted to work with children and vulnerable adults.

Safeguarding 3: Designated Liaison Person

A person appointed to the Designated Liaison Person position in a club must firstly complete Sport Irelands Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Workshop and should complete the Sport Irelands Designated Liaison Person 3 hour workshop. A club may appoint the   same person to both the CCO and DLP positions however best practice advises that they are kept as separate roles.

All the above information and more is available at this link:

Legislation governing protecting children and vulnerable adults:

What is Children First -

Children First refers to Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017 and the Children First Act 2015. It is a generic term used to encompass the guidance, the legislation and the implementation of both.

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