Disability Sport NI and Live Active NI acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk from harm and abuse. Disability Sport NI is committed to ensuring it’s safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice.

Theses policies recognises that the welfare and interests of participants are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all participants:

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience in sport with Disability Sport NI and Live Active NI in a safe environment; and

  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in sport and active recreation activities

You can view relevant safeguarding policies and incident form below:

Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and Procedures

Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures

Appendix 1 – Safeguarding Incident Record Form


Disability Sport NI is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for any person to be able to enjoy and participate in our sports. If you have a query or want to discuss a safeguarding or child protection issue, please contact:

Designated Safeguarding Officer

  • Rhian McCarroll (Performance Pathway Manager)  Telephone (Daytime): 028 9046 9925 Evening/Weekends: 078 2553 7362 Email: rmccarroll@dsni.co.uk

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officers:

  • Terry Conroy (Boccia Performance Pathway Officer) Telephone (Daytime): 028 9046 9925 Evening/Weekends: 078 8795 5065 Email: tconroy@dsni.co.uk

  • Judith Cooper (Performance Pathways Officer) Telephone (Daytime): 028 9046 9925 Evening/Weekends: 07747106852 Email: jcooper@dsni.co.uk


If the matter is urgent and you cannot contact our Safeguarding Officers, you can call the NSPCC 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 – or if it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the Police or Social Work Services – Emergency Out of Hours: 028 9504 9999. For further information or advice please contact the NSPCC – https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/reporting-abuse/dedicated-helplines/