Adjudicators watch on as debate takes place. Photo: Camila Gomes/Concern Worldwide/May 2019Adjudicators watch on as debate takes place. Photo: Camila Gomes/Concern Worldwide/May 2019Adjudicators watch on as debate takes place. Photo: Camila Gomes/Concern Worldwide/May 2019

Adjudicators sign-up form

Adjudicators sign-up form

The Concern Debates would not happen without our amazing team of volunteers across the country. Registration for the 2022-2023 competition is open now. 

Please note that volunteer applications for this programme can only be accepted from people who are resident in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

This application is for our flagship Post-Primary Concern Debates programme. This is a hybrid programme, with online debates in the initial league phase and face-to-face debates at the latter stages of the programme, where possible. 

Concern debates: volunteer adjudicator sign-up form

For more information on the Concern debates programme please click here.

All adjudicators will be required to have an AccessNI basic disclosure check. You will also be required to accept Concern’s Code of Conduct and Associated Policies. In order to volunteer as an adjudicator mobile phone numbers are required. When agreeing to adjudicate at an individual debate, mobile phone numbers will be shared with the teacher from the participating schools and other participating Volunteer Adjudicators. This is to ensure the event runs smoothly, that all parties are aware of the location and time of the debate, to communicate changes to timetables, changes to the venue or any issues which may arise.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from engagement and/or employment with Concern Worldwide (UK) please see our policy on Recruiting People with Criminal Records.

* Chief Adjudicator - willing to give feedback to teams and announce the result at the end.

Debates take place from Monday to Thursday and generally start at 7pm or 8 pm. If there are any particular evenings, dates or months that you already know do not suit you, please let us know.

Terms and conditions

You can read the fair processing notice here.

When agreeing to adjudicate an individual debate, Volunteer Adjudicator’s mobile numbers will be shared with the teacher from the participating school and other participating Volunteer Adjudicators.

This is to ensure the event runs smoothly, that all parties are aware of the location and time of the debate, to communicate changes to timetables, changes to the venue or any issues which may arise. Volunteer Adjudicators commit to maintaining the strictest confidentiality with any personal data which may be shared with them during the debates and to delete any such information at the end of the debate unless they have prior consent from an individual to keep that information.

Concern will contact Volunteer Adjudicators annually after initial registration in order to see if Volunteers Adjudicators are willing to participate again in the Concern Debates Programme. Concern will retain details of Volunteer Adjudicators for seven years, for safeguarding purposes. After seven years if Volunteer Adjudicators no longer wish to participate, Concern will remove Volunteer Adjudicator’s details from Concern’s systems. Concern Worldwide takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. By signing this, you agree to adhere to these codes of practice and our fair processing notice.

Getting started

Adjudicators are responsible for marking student debates as part of the Concern Debates programme.

Generally, adjudicators will mark one or two debates per school year, but they are free to adjudicate at as few or as many debates as they wish. From September - March the programme will be online and adjudicators can mark debates remotely. From March to May 2023 the debates will be in person and adjudicators will need to attend in person debates. 

No expertise is required to become an adjudicator but an open mind is essential. You must be able to see both sides of an argument and be able to give constructive, positive feedback.

Full online training is provided for each volunteer adjudicator and the Concern Debates team are on hand to talk you through our support materials. We ask that all adjudicators, both new and returning attend our online training each year before the Concern Debates programme commences.

NFI materials being distributed by Concern in masisi, DRC. Photo: Kieran McConville/Concern Worldwide

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