Structure & Policy

Ethics & Welfare

Gymnastics Ireland is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for young people who participate in our activities, which reflects the guidelines contained in our Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport.

For further information, please contact Dermot Howlin, Policy & Welfare Manager

Email – [email protected]

We aim to provide gymnastics opportunities for all ages and levels of ability. We aim to develop gymnastics in Ireland from the basic participation, fun and recreational levels through to competitive levels to the highest standards.

Coaches, Parents and Administrators all have a role to play in promoting good practice at the various levels of Gymnastics Ireland. The safety and welfare of every young gymnast is paramount. We hope that the guidelines and procedures outlined in the code will add to the existing good practice being applied in Clubs and furthermore ensure that good practice is applied at all levels of Irish Gymnastics.

Gymnastics Ireland Code of Ethics developed in full consultation with & approved by The Irish Sports Council and Sport Northern Ireland.

For additional information, you can download Sport Ireland’s Safeguarding Guidance for Children and Young People in Sport -

To read about Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG), Gymnastics Ethics Foundation where one of the Foundation’s main missions is to strengthen the safeguarding of athletes and other participants in Gymnastics from harassment and abuse, click FIG - Safeguarding (


Code Sheet 1: Code of Conduct for Coaches

Code Sheet 2: Code of Conduct for Young Gymnasts

Code Sheet 3: Code of Conduct for Administrators

Code Sheet 4: Code of Conduct for Parents/Guardians

Code Sheet 5: Questions for Parents/Guardians

Code Sheet 6: Code Of Conduct For Spectators

Code Sheet 7: Child Welfare & Protection Procedures

Code Sheet 8A: Adult Membership Application Form

Code Sheet 8B: Confidential Reference Form

Code Sheet 9: U18 Membership Application Form

Code Sheet 10: Club Behaviour Guidelines for Youths

Code Sheet 11: Code Of Ethics Training Flowchart

Code Sheet 12: Accident / Incident Form

Code Sheet 13: Gymnastics Away Permission Form

Code Sheet 14: Photography Request Form

Code Sheet 15: Contact details for Duty Social Work Teams

Code Sheet 16: LSP Contacts

Code Sheet 17: NI Contacts

Code Sheet 18: Additional Contacts

Code Sheet 19: Club Template Sheet

Code Sheet 20: TUSLA - Child Protection and Welfare Report Form (CPWRF)

Code Sheet 21: Physical

Code Sheet 22: Recruitment Procedures

Code Sheet 23: Guidelines for on-line events involving our young members

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