RI believes that we and our clubs have a duty to promote a positive experience and safeguard children and vulnerable persons from abuse or poor practice.   By encouraging all clubs to implement the RI guidance we believe that everyone in rowing will benefit – participants, carers and coaches.

RI has produced complete safeguarding guidance for clubs, to compliment the RI Safeguarding Policy

The Rowing Ireland Child Safeguarding Statement is available HERE.

What clubs should do

In Northern Ireland the Club framework for safeguarding standards in sport clubs with a self assessment checklist document for sport. This is based on the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) sponsored document for the voluntary sector called Getting It Right. Clubs in the Republic of Ireland can still use the framework as a guide.

To support clubs in implementing best practice RI has produced the following:

Code of Conduct to inform:

a) Young People (rowers under 18)

b) Parents, and

c) Coaches/volunteers


Reporting forms, these are sample forms to be used when recording and reporting on incidents to the Designated Officer and statutory authorities.

a) For Republic of Ireland          Designated Officer is:  Tom Fennessey –  0868308610

 b) For Northern Ireland             Designated Officer is: Brenda Ewing – 07979253900


Recruitment forms for those working with young people and vulnerable persons, which includes:

Coach/volunteer application form

Coach/volunteer self-declaration form

Reference form


Induction checklist


Sample registers

a) Summary register

b) Participant Attendance


Accident Form


Recommended Membership / Consent form


Rowing Ireland guidance on;

Away trips & Residentials

Anti-Bullying Policy


For further information, please contact the Child Protection in Sport Unit or 

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