Carrigtwohill Juvenile GAA Club with the GAA is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people who wish to participate in our Gaelic Games and activities. We are required to take all practicable steps to protect them from discernible forms of abuse, from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and shall respect their rights, wishes and feelings.
This should be achieved in the following manner:
- Recognizing that all children have the right to be protected from harm.
- Ensuring that all of our coaches and volunteers are carefully recruited and selected and that they accept responsibility for ensuring the well-being of children in their care.
- Responding swiftly and appropriately to protect the welfare of children who participate in our games and related activities.
- Providing parents and children with the opportunity to voice any concerns that they may have.
- Appointing a Designated Person in each Club and County who will liaise with the statutory authorities as appropriate.
- Ensuring that all allegations of abuse of young people are confidentially dealt with in accordance the Association’s Guidelines for Dealing with Allegations of Abuse (Fourth Edition 2009) and with statutory guidelines and relevant legislation.
- Reviewing the effectiveness of our Child Protection procedures and policies on an ongoing basis.
- Ensuring that members, coaches, team mentors, administrators, parents/guardians and spectators sign up to and adhere to our Code of Behaviour.
- Ensuring that members, coaches, team mentors, administrators and volunteers have been approved by An Garda Síochána. Vetting forms are available on the bottom of the page here.
Good Codes of Practice generally includes the following:
- Treat each child with dignity and respect
- Think about how you communicate with children
- Always remember that a child is anybody under the age of 18
- Be careful about the language you use, verbal and non-verbal, when communicating with children
- Ensure that children are not left unattended or unsupervised
- Ensure that dangerous behaviour is stopped
- Use Inappropriate language
- Allow children to use inappropriate language unchallenged
- Make or receive private calls/texts while supervising an activity
- Contact young people through social networking sites such as Facebook
- Spend any time alone with children
- Take children alone in a car journey
- Engage in inappropriate games with children
- Allow or engage in any inappropriate touching
- Ignore allegations made to you by a child about someone else
- Do things of a personal nature that kids can do for themselves
- Children are in our care during club events and we are responsible for their health and well being.
- We also have a duty of care to the adults in the form of officers, coaches, mentors, spectators, match officials, etc.
- We are to give the same respect to all children that we demand from them
- All children are entitled to be treated equally and in a fair and calm manner
- All children are entitled to a sense of worth and should always be encouraged – remember, your worst juvenile player or senior player could make the best club administrator
And, finally, ensure that you do not engage in any club activity with players on your own. This is extremely important and not only help with your own protection but also making sense from a squad or session management & control perspective.
Please review the Children First: National Guidance for the Welfare and Protection of Children and also the GAA’s own Our Games Our Code policy document for further information with regards your duties and responsibilities in this area.