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What is child safeguarding?

  • Safeguarding is the actions taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
  • CarrickDojo has a responsibility to promote the welfare of all young people and to keep them safe from harm.

Safeguarding Reporting

  • Our Dojo Champion is our Designated Liaison Persons for child safeguarding.
  • If you have any concerns or queries, please speak to our Champion or one of our mentors at a Dojo session, or alternatively email us requesting a call-back.

If you have an urgent concern; please contact:

  • Our Dojo Champion
  • The North Connaught Youth and Community Services team on 071 9144150 / 071 9147468
  • The Tusla duty social work office for Leitrim (located in Sligo) on 071 9155133

Requirements on Volunteers

Mentor Vetting

  • The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 provide a statutory basis for the vetting of persons carrying out relevant work with children.
  • The first step in volunteering with CarrickDojo is Garda Vetting. It is a simple process, but essential.

Child First Training

  • All our Dojo mentors are required to complete the Introduction to Children First programme provided by Tusla. This is an e-learning programme that supports people in recognising and reporting child abuse.
  • The programme is based on Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and the Children First Act 2015.

In Person Training

  • CoderDojo is overseen by North Connaught Youth and Community Services. Tusla and NCYCS hold regular in-person training session on safeguarding.
  • Our Champion keeps us updated when these events are on. Attending once is a requirement, however we recommend all mentors try and attend a session annually.
  • Tea and biscuits provided.

Raspberry Pi Safeguarding Module

  • CoderDojo is part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and as a club, we have a requirement all our volunteers complete their safeguarding e-learning module.
  • The module provides specific information to how our club runs and additional resources mentors on creating a safe coding club.

Code of Behaviour

Social Media and Communication Guidelines for Volunteers


  • We do not communicate one to one with young people under 18.
  • We always include a parent on the CC when communicating with young people under 18.
  • Where you do not have a parent's contact information, respond seeking this information and CC our Champion.
  • Always bcc mailing lists so you do not give out personal emails to others on the list.

Social Media

  • We do not communicate with anyone under the age of 18 over social media.
  • If contacted by a young person through any social media, inform our champion and respond in person with our policy on not using social media.
  • We do not promote the use of social media within our Dojo.
  • Our Dojo avoids the use of Social Media.
  • Whatsapp is used for scheduling by the mentors.
  • Whatsapp is one of the methods we share information with parents.
  • Slack is used for discussions with other members of the global CoderDojo network.

CoderDojo have created a Code of Behaviour as a safeguarding framework for all Dojo volunteers.