Governance & Transparency

"To provide a transparent, democratic and reliable organisation supporting student voice"

The main object for which the ISSU is established is to contribute to the advancement of second-level education of all second-level students in order to improve and enrich the education of each student and to support the involvement of students at all stages of their education, so that they can achieve their full potential, as responsible citizens, in improving society.

At the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union we are very open about our performance, spending, income, governance and leadership.

If you have any queries about any of the below you can contact us at or by phone on (01) 443 4461 and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.

This document outlines our organisational structure which governs the day-to-day operation of the ISSU, as well as protocol surrounding membership and elections. Our constitution is the backbone of the ISSU and details the founding beliefs on which the Irish Second-Level Students built their Union – renewed annually at our AGM held during the Easter break.

We confirm that the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland

The ISSU has a responsibility and duty of care to protect any child (anyone under the age of 18 years) that may be at risk, who comes to the attention of the organisation. With this in mind, with an ethos of openness and honesty, the ISSU endeavours to protect anyone under the age of 18 years who is at risk and comes to our attention.

At the ISSU we believe that all young people have a right to be safe at all times and to have the opportunity to fully-participate in all aspects of the activities that the ISSU provides. The ISSU has developed an comprehensive protection policy in order to help all those involved with the ISSU to ensure that young people participating in activities of the ISSU or of ISSU sponsored activities have the opportunity to make the most of their time with the organisation, in a safe environment.
The ISSU has developed a set of procedures which apply to all staff and volunteers who have personal contact with young people. These procedures will help the ISSU to keep young people safe by publicising its protection policy, checking the identity of all those working young people and setting out actions to be taken in case concerns are raised. Ultimately, the ISSU believes that the child’s welfare is paramount.
In every aspect of our work it is expected that both employees and volunteers will treat every person with respect and positive regard. Respect for the individuality and uniqueness of every person who comes in contact with the organisation is paramount.
We aim to constantly listen and respect the feelings, opinions and ideas of children and young people. Recognition for the wealth of knowledge and experience children and young people possess is also vital. The ISSU staff and volunteers are obliged to complete ‘Garda Vetting’, and training is provided to ensure that those involved in the ISSU understand best practise in the area of safeguarding children. The ISSU in our nature, is a student-driven organisation, however it is vitally important that we ensure the protection of those involved with the ISSU at all times.

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Please note the ISSU Child Protection Policy is currently in the process of being updated following the commencement of The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 – 2016 and The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions & Certain Disclosures) Act 2016. An updated policy document will be published here shortly.

2016 accounts are currently under preparation with our Auditors and will be available be in November 2017.

Our income streams fall into 2 categories; receipts from the sale of iConnect Card and Donations. Donations originate from the generous support of our strategic partners in Education, Youth Work, and some Trade Unions.

The Revenue Commissioners confirm that Irish Second-Level Students’ Union Limited tax affairs are in order. Electronic validation access available on request

The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union Limited is currently pending registration with the Charities Regulator Authority – April 2016. CHY Charitable status registration will commence during Summer 2016.

ISSU Statement of Fundraising Principles

Based on ICTR's Guiding Principles for Fundraising

ICTR’s fundraising code of practice to which we subscribe