For an up-to-date list of Vetted Leaders please click Access Checked Leaders
To register on line with AccessNI click AccessNI Online Application
Access NI Application
From the 1st of April applicants who are required to undergo an AccessNI check will be able to apply on-line and registered/umbrella body signatories can countersign applications on-line, using the Government’s NIDirect web-site www.nidirect.gov.uk/accessni .
AccessNI believe that these changes will benefit everyone, applicants, registered/umbrella bodies and AccessNI. AccessNI will, for example, be the first disclosure service in the UK to enable all applications to be made on-line.
The changes also help AccessNI to control costs and should therefore avoid the need for any further fee increase for the foreseeable future (volunteers remain free). The use of the online system will also speed the process up enabling the applicant to receive their disclosure check much quicker.
Please Note : Before you make an application for an Enhanced Certificate you must first of all contact the Designated Signatories in Cycling Ulster. These are Patrick McAleavey (email : firstname.lastname@example.org) or Marian Lamb (email: email@example.com).
We will give you a six digit pin number to put on the form. You CANNOT complete the application form without this number.
Also have at hand the following docu,ments it applicable
- National Insurance Number or PPS Number if living in the south
- Driving Licence Number
- Passport Number
- Address History and dates for the past five years
- Go to nidirect.gov.uk/accessni .
- Select the option AccessNI applications and then click the link to ‘Apply for an enhanced check through a registered body’
- From this web page, click the green button to Apply for an enhanced check through a registered body
- Register your account by creating a user ID and password and follow online instructions to log in. [keep these details safe as you will need them to track the progress of your case].
- Once you have successfully logged in, you will be taken to the on-line application
- Enter the 6 digit PIN number given to you by your governing body at Step 1 of the form completion
- Complete the remainder of the on-line form and click on Confirm and Proceed to finish the on-line process. Every time you click next the page will be saved
- You must note the 10 digit AccessNI reference number you are provided with on the confirmation page and email when you complete your details on the AccessNI on-line system.
- Please return the ID validation form to the person who asked you to undertake an AccessNI check and present relevant identification as listed on final page of the ID validation form.
Click HERE for a Step By Step Tutorial with Screen Shots.
Safeguarding Information and Forms are also available in the Resources Section on the Right of the main page
What Is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding used to be called Child Protection in the north of Ireland and it tended to put clubs off involving young people in their sport. However Safeguarding is not just about protecting young people and vulnerable adults in cycling it also about safeguarding your club. The more aware you are about how sport can be used to harm young people the more vigilant you will be. The Cycling Ireland Code Of Practice For Young and Vulnerable Cyclists outlines our policy and procedures for the protection of young people and provides valuable information for clubs.
Step 1 – Vetting Checks
One of the first ways to protect everyone in the club is to ensure that volunteers working with Young People and Vulnerable adults have been checked through AccessNI which is the approved body for carrying out criminal record checks in the north of Ireland. We can also facilitate our members who live in the south of Ireland.
Garda checks are also available for members who live in the south of Ireland
Who should be Vetted
- The Club Safeguarding/Child Protection Officer
- All coaches, Sprocket Rocket leaders and Youth leaders
- Volunteers involved in Youth activities
- Club PRO or Photographer
- Helpers on away trips or residential
- Youth event organisers
Cycling Ulster also recommend that the Club Management Committee set an example by completing application forms. The more volunteers in the club that have been checked the better as the club will have a wider pool of people available to help out in an emergency.
Marian Lamb and Patrick McAleavey AccessNI Dignatories
|Lead Safeguarding Officer
74 Hunters Hill Park
Hunters Hill, Gilford
BT636TAFor further information
Tel: 028 38 832565
|Designated AccessNI Signatory
16 Camlin Park
BT 29 4HEFor further information
Tel: 028 94 453203
For more information about AccessNI visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/accessni
Garda Vetting forms are available from the Cycling Ireland office
Kelly Roche House
619, North Circular Rd.
Forms are also given to those attending Coaching Courses and Sprocket Rocket training. The forms must be returned to Cycling Ireland to be checked for completeness. They are then forwarded to Cycling Ireland’s Garda Vetting Officer,Rachel Omrod who in turn sends them to the Garda Vetting HQ in Thurles. The returned forms only go to Rachel, who informs the National Safeguarding Officer, Orla Hendron, if people have been cleared or not. A record of all people cleared and in progress is kept by Cycling Ireland. The procedue is currently under review dur to new legislation in the south.
For further details contact
Orla Hendron, National Safeguarding Officer Tel: (00353) 86 2500754 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Omrod National Garda Vetting Officer email email@example.com
Step 2 – Safeguarding Course
The Club Safeguarding Officer must complete a safeguarding course and it is good practice for other club members and youth volunteers to attend. Both Patrick McAleavey and Marian Lamb are approved Tutors and will deliver courses on request for your club or for a group of clubs.
Step 3 – Safe Recruitment at Club Level
All clubs must now appoint a Club Safeguarding/Child Protection Officer. Cycling Ulster recommends that clubs involved in Youth work aim to have two officers – one male and one female. They should ensure that at least one male and one female receive appropriate training.
An AccessNI disclosure is only accurate on the day it is printed. Any subsequent information to an individual's criminal record will not be included. Whilst AccessNI disclosures are an important tool in recruiting individuals they are not a guarantee of an individuals character/background.
Clubs should ensure new volunteers and coaches within the club are correctly recruited. This will include;
- Application process/formally establishing individuals previous involvement or experience.
- 2 references, preferably relating to previous experience in a similar role (referees should not be related to the volunteer)
- Completion of Self Declaration form.
- Completion of AccessNI Application.
- On going monitoring once individual is in position
- The Cycling Ireland Code Of Practice For Young and Vulnerable Cyclists has proformas and guidelines for some of the forms mentioned above.
For further information relating to Safe Recruitment Procedures please visit the NSPCC website
Once a volunteer has been accepted by a club to work with young people he/she should be both supported and monitored in this role. From time to time the club should also carry out a review of the volunteer both to ensure that the work is satisfactory but also to determine any training or other issues that the volunteer may have.
If you have any queries in relation to the above please contact Patrick McAleavey or Marian Lamb.
Cycling Ulster Lead Safeguarding Officer Patrick McAleavey Tel: 028 38 832565
Mobile: 07739552566 : email firstname.lastname@example.org
Designated Signatory Marian Lamb - Tel: 028 94 453203: Mobile: 07920132135 : email email@example.com
Child Protection in Sport Unit Northern Ireland Tel: 0203 222 4246
This organisation has many sample policies, information leaflets and resources for those involved in sport with young people. Visit their website on http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/cpsu/cpsu_wda57648.html
You can also contact Paul Stephenson from the Unit on firstname.lastname@example.org
NSPCC - Tel:0808 800 5000 Website : www.nspcc.org.uk
Gateway to Children’s Social work Service - Belfast Gateway - Tel: 02890507000 : Out of Hours - Tel: 02890565444
Northern Health and Social Services - Tel: 03001234333 : Out of Hours - Tel: 028 99504 9999
Southern Health and Social Services - Tel: 0800 7837745 : Out of Hours - Tel:028 99504 9999
South EasternHealth and Social Services - Tel: 03001000300 Out of Hours - Tel: 028 99504 9999
Western Health and Social Services - Tel: 02871314090 Out of Hours - Tel: 028 99504 9999
www.parentsprotect.co.uk stop it now helpline 0808 1000 900
Lifeline Suicide Prevention 24/7
Reporting your concerns
Cycling Ulster takes all allegations relating to Safeguarding Young People and Vulnerable Adults very seriously. It is everyone's responsibility to report any concerns they may have.
In case of an emergency situation contact:
NSPCC 24 Hour Helpline - Telephone- 0808 800 5000
Childline- Telephone- 0800 1111
If you are unsure please contact your club Safeguarding Officer in the first place or Cycling Ulster’s Officer Patrick McAleavey.
Advice for Parents (Leaflet to be written and made available for download)
Advice for Young People
Cycling Ulster wants to provide the best possible environment for young people involved in the sport of cycling. You deserve to be given enjoyable, fun and safe sporting opportunities, free of abuse of any kind. You have rights, which must be respected, and responsibilities that you must accept. You can't do that if you feel unhappy - if someone is bullying or abusing you. For more information and advice on what to do click here. (Document to be written and made available for download)