Appropriate training for those working with young people in sport is directed by Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland and should be sport related. While staff, coaches and volunteers may have completed safeguarding training in another sphere it will be necessary to also complete specific modules of Sport Ireland safeguarding training as advised by the Spirit of Rugby Officer and/or in accordance with the IRFU training guidance.
The IRFU expects those involved with Age-grade rugby to be aware of components of the safeguarding policy and have knowledge of how to raise a concern in relation to risk of harm. Coaches and volunteers are not expected to be experts in identifying abuse, but rather to know how to respond to a concern.
As such, coaches and volunteers with age grade teams must complete online introductory training and should attend a CWO briefing to meet minimum standards. They should also attend face-to-face training within a reasonable timescale of undertaking coaching qualifications.
Online training Courses
Sport Ireland – https://elearning.sportireland.ie/login/index.php
Sport NI – http://courses.sportni.net/
Tusla – https://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-e-learning-programme/