Child Protection

CNOC provides sporting opportunities for young people through participation in club training events, as well as organising and running regional/provincial/national orienteering events.


Principles to safeguard children from harm

CNOC is committed to safeguarding children and by working under the guidance of  our NGB's (Orienteering Ireland) Safeguarding Policies, our volunteers seek to create a safe environment for young people to grow and develop within sport. The following set of principles should be adhered to: 


Risk Assessment 

CNOC's written Risk Assessment document indicates the areas of potential risk of harm, the likelihood of the risk occurring, and gives the required policy, guidance or process documents require to alleviate these risks. 

The list of risks identified and procedures to manage these risks are contained in the following categories: 

Each risk that has been identified should have a procedure in place to manage that risk.

The Risk Assessment was undertaken in Summer 2020, using a template of the risks to be considered, compiled by OI for this purpose. This template can be accessed online on the OI Child Protection Page

All the questions were discussed at various CNOC meetings and the committee are satisfied that there are procedures in place in CNOC to deal with any Child Protection issues.



Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, (the Children First: National Guidance, and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice). In addition to our Risk Assessment document described above, there are further procedures that support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our activities.

CNOC has the following procedures in place as part of our Safeguarding Policies: 

The above procedures have been standardised across the various OI clubs, and are detailed in the OI Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport, which can be found here or by browsing the IOA Child Protection Resources page linked above.



We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. CNOC is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our activities. Please note the following: 

This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed in Summer 2021. Details are correct at time of writing (August 2020)