Workshop on Child Welfare and Related Issues

Child Welfare Workshop 28th April 2016

At 8:30pm, on Thursday next, April 28th, a workshop session will be held by Dr Aisling Parkes, covering diverse child welfare and vulnerable adult related topics, as outlined below.

Dr. Parkes is a member of Togher AC. The briefing is open to Cork Athletics officers, and any person who intends to officiate at the upcoming Cork Athletics T&F Championships

Dr Aisling Parkes

Dr Aisling Parkes, Lecturer in Law, Sports Law Clinic Director, EBCL Programme Director, Law School Student Wellbeing Officer, Law School Disability Liaison Officer, School of Law Author of Children and International Human Rights Law: The Right of the Child to be Heard


Dr. Parkes expects to speak for approx. one hour, in an open forum format session. 

Workshop Topics

(not necessarily in this order)

NB: This Workshop is NOT intended to cover specific cases/incidents, therefore any question that may fall into this category will be 'sidelined'

Athletics Ireland Statement on National Vetting Bureau Children and Vulnerable Persons Act

To facilitate the transition to the new vetting system and to implement the requirements of the vetting legislation, no vetting applications will be accepted or processed by the Garda Central Vetting Unit from April 18th to 28th.

In preparation for this transfer to the new vetting system, Athletics Ireland will only process vetting forms received by Friday the 8th of April. The current Athletics Ireland vetting form expired on that day. The new Garda vetting form will be made available to clubs by Athletics Ireland prior to the commencement of the vetting legislation on April 29th.

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 makes vetting mandatory for anyone volunteering or seeking employment relating to children or vulnerable persons. Anybody who is involved in ‘any work or activity which is carried out by a person, a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with children’ must be vetted.

It will be an offence for a club or organisation to employ someone to work with children or vulnerable persons without completing the vetting procedures set out in the Act. Liability rests with the club or organisation not the employee.

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