National Policy for Young People

Irish Taekwon-Do Association (ITA) acknowledges the rights enshrined for Young People in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and those outlined and aspired to in the National Children’s Strategy: “Our Children – Their Lives”
Irish Taekwon-Do Association (ITA), as a representative of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) in Ireland, acknowledges the special place children and young people have in the future development of Taekwon-Do in Ireland.
Irish Taekwon-Do Association is committed to providing a quality service and undertakes to make every effort to ensure that young people who choose to partake in Taekwon-Do can do so in a safe, secure and nurturing environment.
We are committed to an approach to Taekwon-Do practice which protects young people from harm and which recognises and accepts our responsibilities to develop an awareness of the issues which may cause such harm.
To do this, Irish Taekwon-Do Association requires all of its Instructors and members, to show understanding of, and respect for, the rights, safety and welfare of all whom we encounter in the practice and regulation of ITF Taekwon-Do, which we represent.
We require all members and instructors to conduct themselves in a fashion that reflects the ethos of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association and, in particular, the guidelines contained in the Irish Sports Council’s "Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport in Ireland" and the Department of Health & Children’s "Our Duty to Care".
Irish Taekwon-Do Association undertakes to safeguard Young People in our care by:
  • Adhering to the Irish Taekwon-Do Association Health & Safety Policy (available upon request)
  • Adopting child protection guidelines as outlined in the Irish Taekwon-Do Association’s National Policy for Young People and Irish Sports Council’s Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport in Ireland
  • A commitment to promoting high standards in our work with young people throughout the Association
  • Reviewing our guidelines and policies at regular (at least annually) intervals
  • Sharing information and providing training on the guidelines and policies adopted
  • Adopting and implementing an Anti-Bullying and Dignity in the Dojang Charter
  • Encouraging adherence of Taekwon-Do Schools/Clubs to national safety codes and standards
  • Implementing the Irish Taekwon-do Association’s National Children’s Strategy
  • Lobbying for support for and implementation of the rights of children in sport and recreation

Statement about Taekwon-Do

We require that Taekwon-Do training be experienced by our young students as a positive affirmation of their personal potential. Taekwon-Do training is expected to be character and confidence building. It should develop upon the positive aspects of a young person’s character.
Irish Taekwon-Do Association recommends that all parents and guardians should review the Irish Taekwon-Do Association’s National Policy for Young People.

The policy is available from ITA Club Instructors or upon request by emailing