Child Welfare at DSD

DSD provides sporting activities and opportunities to children, young people and vulnerable adults through training and participation in events.

We are fully committed to ensuring that young people are safeguarded in their participation in athletics.  Early experiences of young athletes in our sport need to be positive and enjoyable, irrespective of ability, gender, social or ethnic background.

As an affiliated club of Athletics Ireland (AI), we operate under their guidance, safeguarding code and policies, all of which are in line with requirements laid out under the Children First Act 2015.

Child Welfare Contacts

Club Children’s Officer (CCO): Tess Byrne, & 087 6495146

Designated Liaison Person (DLP): Gerry Dunne,

Mandated Person: Athletics Ireland National Children’s Officer: Kieron Stout, 086 2450134

In line with best practice in Child Welfare, and fully adhering to Athletics Ireland's recommended processes and policies in this area, we have adopted many of their policies while also customizing certain policies to be Club specific. These policies are available here:


Athletics Ireland Safeguarding Policy Statement for Children


DSD Child Safeguarding Statement & Risk Assessment


Anti-Bullying Policy

Child Supervision Policy

Coach & Volunteer Recruitment & Selection Policy

Code of Conduct: Children & Young Athletes

Code of Conduct: Coaches

Code of Conduct: Parents & Guardians (June 2021)

Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure / Policy

Missing or Found Child Policy

Photography & Use of Images Policy

Social Media, Online Safety & communicating with children Policy

Training Guidelines for Children

Travel / Away trip Policy

Vetting Policy (AAI)


All of Athletics Ireland policies and Code of Ethics may be found in the Child Welfare Section of their website.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

This resource page signposts some of the support services for mental health and wellbeing for all ages, as outlined by Athletics Ireland, and includes important contact information for all services listed.  Mental health conditions are characterized by changes in our thinking, mood or behaviour and can include illnesses such as anxiety, depression, addiction, personality disorders or eating disorders.

Training Guidelines for Children

These are guidelines on safe amounts of training for children put together by Mary Gowing, one of DSD's lead coaches and a qualified physiotherapist. This was reviewed by all the coaches and it has been agreed to circulate this to all the parents at training. It is here for reference by any adult/parent with an interest in children's training.

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