News 2022

Title:  Job Vacancy: National Children's Officer (part-time)
Date:  28/10/2022

National Children’s Officer (Part-time) – Mountaineering Ireland


About the role

The Mountaineering Ireland’s National Children’s Officer (NCO) will be a key contact for managing and reporting concerns about children and maintaining and enhancing procedures to safeguard children in the organisation, including supporting clubs, staff and volunteer officers, where relevant.

The NCO will be a member of the Executive Committee, and will have access to accompanying documents, to ensure that children’s interests are kept on, and influence the decisions of, the agenda of the Governing Body. The NCO will report to the CEO and the Board of Mountaineering Ireland. This is a part-time role, covering 32 hours per month (or four days per month). The NCO will work closely with the Designated Liaison Officer and Mandated Officer in Mountaineering Ireland as well as the network of Club Children’s Officers.


The role of the National Children’s Officer involves:

  • Have knowledge of the Sport Ireland Safeguarding Guidance for Children and Young People in Sport and relevant child protection legislation (Children First Act 2015 (ROI)/ National Vetting Bureau Act 2012-2016, Co-operating to Safeguard Children and Young People in Northern Ireland 2017).
  • Commitment to attendance at appropriate training as required in order to act as a resource to members in relation to children’s needs.
  • Co-ordination of Child Safeguarding training.
  • The promotion of the values, attitudes and structures which make sport enjoyable for children.
  • Circulation of all relevant information and resource materials, on children’s sport to clubs and affiliates of the sports organisations.
  • Communication with Club Children’s Officers to ensure the distribution of the Sport Ireland Safeguarding Guidance for Children and Young People in Sport and the promotion of related education programmes, materials events and governing body related codes.
  • Liaison with all clubs to examine the rules, regulations and structures to ensure that they are child centred, e.g., equal playing time, appropriate competition structures, modified equipment to allow sense of achievement and success, use of protective gear, bullying policy etc.
  • Liaison with clubs, to ensure drop-out rates and transfers are monitored so that unusual developments or trends can be addressed, including transfer of sports leaders.
  • Assisting in the development of a system of record keeping which maintains confidentiality while allowing for appropriate information to be passed to relevant authorities where necessary.
  • Ensuring that the Governing Body maintains an appropriate sport specific policy, which includes a policy statement, codes of conduct, disciplinary procedures, bullying policy, safety statement, recruitment and selection policy and reporting procedures



Duties & Responsibilities

  • Working with others within the organisation to create a positive, child-centred environment within the sport
  • Play a lead role in developing and establishing the organisation’s approach to safeguarding children and young people – a key role within the organisation
  • Manage cases of poor practice and abuse reported to the organisation – including records system
  • Manage referrals to children’s social-care services and An Garda Síochana / PSNI
  • Central point of contact for internal and external individuals and agencies
  • Represent the organisation at external meetings related to safeguarding
  • Coordinate the dissemination of policy, procedures and resources throughout the organisation
  • Provide advice and support to club officers and play a lead role in their recruitment, selection and training
  • Advise on the organisation’s training needs and the development of its training strategy; provide training where appropriate
  • Play a lead role in maintaining and reviewing the organisation’s implementation plan for safeguarding and protecting children
  • Ensure safeguarding standards are met and maintained
  • Keep own knowledge and skills up-to-date

Skills & Abilities (Required):

  • Child-focused approach
  • Administration and systems (records) management skills
  • Ability to promote and demonstrate anti-discriminatory practice
  • Advice and support-provision skills at all levels within the organisation
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to develop and produce national level guidance and resources
  • Influencing skills
  • Ability to work with conflict and emotionally distressing matters

Knowledge (Required):

  • Role and responsibilities of statutory agencies, including Local Safeguarding Children Boards
  • Planning processes for safeguarding and child-protection enquiries and investigations
  • Behaviour that is harmful to children, thresholds of poor practice and abusive behaviour
  • Own organisation’s role and responsibilities
  • Boundaries of the National Children’s Officer role
  • Organisation’s policy and procedures related to safeguarding and protecting children
  • Core values and principles of work with children
  • Equality issues and safeguarding
  • How abusers target and groom organisations in order to abuse children
  • Best practice in prevention
  • Legislation, government guidance and national framework for safeguarding children
  • How adults groom children for abuse



Essential Requirements

  • Be eligible to work in Ireland.
  • Excellent command of English language both spoken and written.
  • Full unrestricted driver’s license with clean driving record.


Remuneration and Location

  • Hours per week: 8 hours (part-time) per week of four working days per month. This position will require, at times, irregular and unsocial hours and as such flexible working arrangements are available.
  • Package: The package will include a pro rata salary in the range of €8,000 per annum (or approximate €40,000 per annum for full-time equivalent), commensurate with qualifications and experience, reflective of the not for profit/sports sector.
  • Position Tenure: 3 year fixed-term contract (subject to ongoing funding from Mountaineering Ireland funding partners – and renewable upon successful performance).
  • Location: Mountaineering Ireland Head Office, ISHQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 and also the ability to work remotely under government guidelines and or under the discretion of the company.


Application and Selection Process

The closing date for applications is Monday 14th November 2022 at 5:00pm. Please send your CV and cover letter to

All applications will be treated with utmost confidence. Enquiries regarding the role should be directed to the CEO of Mountaineering Ireland. Following short-listing process, it is intended interviews will be held during w/c 21st November 2022. Role will commence as soon as possible thereafter. Appointment will be made subject to satisfactory:

  • Garda Vetting or Access NI Vetting
  • Reference Checking

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