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Club Adopts C.I Code Of Practice for Young & Vulnerable Cyclists

posted 27 Nov 2013, 14:16 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 27 Nov 2013, 14:51 ]
Lakeside Wheelers has adopted Cycling Ireland’s Code of Practice and Safeguarding Procedures for Young and Vulnerable Cyclists.

A central goal for all those involved in sport for young people is to provide a safe, positive and nurturing environment where children can develop and enhance their physical and social skills. This code of practice is designed to provide information on codes of conduct, bullying and recruitment, as well as child protection guidelines.

All children have a right to protection and the needs of disabled children and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account. The aim of the code is to promote good practice:
  • Providing children and young people with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of the club.
  • Allow all club members/volunteers dealing with young people to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues.
Cycling Ireland advised its member clubs to adopt this Code of Practice as their own policy and appoint a Safeguarding/Child Protection Officer.  The code was adopted by the committee on behalf of the club on 9th October 2013 and Roibeard Ó'Ceallaigh is the interim Safeguarding/Child Protection Officer.  The Safeguarding/Child Protection Officer and club members dealing with young/vulnerable members (relevant Committee members, Junior and Sprocket Rocket programmes) are required to:
  • Agree to abide by the Code of Practice;
  • Attend a Child Protection/Ethics training workshop (3 hours) - these are arranged periodically by Westmeath Sports Partnership.
  • Subject themselves to Garda vetting clearance.
  • Complete the disclosure form (appendix C to the Code of Practice).
All programmes to date involving young person have been handled with a view to ensuring their protection. The Code of Good practice puts these practises on a more formal basis.

Code Of Practice
If you are in doubt about the Code of Practice or have concerns please contact Roibeard to discuss them.  These will be treated confidentiality as set out in the Code of Practice document.  The Club wish to develop the next generation through programmes such as Sprocket Rocket, Juniors and Youths training. We need your help to do so by taking on the role of Leaders and Trainers. This Code of Practice will help this process by identifying for all their roles and responsibilities. A copy of the Code of Practice is attached to the bottom of this page and also on the Publications  page.

The Committee would like to invite any adult member interested in participating or helping out with children, junior and youth cycling training and leisure activities to attend a meeting to consider the Code of Practice in more detail. The Club is conscious of the need to for programmes to develop and support the next generation of Wheelers be they racers or leisure cyclists.  

The meeting will provide you with an opportunity to understand the Code in more detail and to put your own questions. We will endeavour to answer any queries and concerns. So please come along to Caffrey’s Bar (room at the back), Mount Street, Mullingar on Thursday 28 November next at 8.30pm. I look forward to seeing you involved in developing the next generation of Wheelers.

Mick Reynolds
Kevin Monaghan,
27 Nov 2013, 14:48