Child Safeguarding Statement

Our child protection officer is Denis Treacy. Here is a presentation on our child protection policy within the club, which is in full compliance with standards as set by the GAA, Camogie and LGFA associations.

The GAA appointed Mandated Person, who has a legal obligation to report harm of children as per legislation, is Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichíl. Contact: mandatedperson@gaa.ie.

We are committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures contained therein that outline our intentions to keep children safe from harm.

Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been prepared in accordance with the legislature requirements contained in the Children First Act 2015 and the Children (NI) Order 1995 and as required by our Association rules and will be reviewed in May 2021.

If you have any questions about child protection in our club or are concerned about child protection please don't hesitate to contact Niall by email at ChildrensOfficer.pallasgreen.limerick@gaa.ie or donncha@lcetbdrive.ie.

Club Children's Officer: Denis Treacy

Gaelic Games Associations’ Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment 2021 and Risk Assessment Management Audit

Pallasgreen GAA, LGFA & Camogie Association

The Gaelic Games Associations operate a joint Code of Behaviour (Underage), which is enshrined in our rules and the content of which reflects how we address our Association, legal and statutory safeguarding obligations.

One specific aspect of the Code of Behaviour (Underage) is that due to the fact that they are recognised as providing a ‘relevant service for children’, our Clubs & County Boards must undertake a risk assessment that considers the potential for harm that could come to these children while they are in our care. A risk assessment is an exercise we carry out where our Clubs, County Committees, and each of our Associations at national level examine all aspects of our service from a safeguarding perspective and establish whether there are any practices or features of the service, whether they be games, training, other activities for children, or the recruitment of coaches & mentors, that have the potential to put children at risk. Experience shows that discussions on the risk of harm to children in our care inevitably leads to a greater awareness of the Child Safeguarding measures we undertake in our day-to-day work in the Gaelic Games Associations. Each unit e.g., our Clubs, must now discuss and complete this procedure at Club Executive level and must record, sign and date when this discussion took place. Carrying out a risk assessment procedure shall now be required of all units, every two years.

Within a Gaelic Games Club, i.e., where one overall Committee operates then you are only obliged to complete one risk assessment procedure and develop one Child Safeguarding Statement for that Club. Where a Club has more than one Committee, e.g., a GAA Committee, and Camogie or LGFA Committee, then each Committee (section) must complete their own risk assessment and develop a Child Safeguarding Statement. Clubs may amend the text outlined in the template or may identify additional columns for inclusion under each heading that may be relevant to the risks identified. A glossary of terms and an explanation of each heading is contained at the end of this Risk Assessment document which may assist you when completing this requirement. This document also includes a Risk Assessment Management Audit section on page 9.

Clubs should discuss the ‘Likelihood of it happening L/M/H’ column and identify if the likelihood of a risk of harm happening if your Club fails to adequately address the risks identified as High, Medium, or Low. When reviewing this document, please note that the risk assessment procedure and the subsequent Gaelic Games Child Safeguarding Statement relates to the potential risk of abuse and harm to children when participating in our games and attending our events and not general health and safety risks which shall be covered under your separate H & S policy. Information supplied on the below Risk Assessment may be subject to quality assurance follow up by the Gaelic Games Associations or statutory authorities.

After the risk assessment has been completed, organisations are required to develop, and put on prominent display (on club social media, website, clubhouse etc.), a Child Safeguarding Statement that outlines the policies and procedures which are in place to manage and minimise the risks that have been identified. You may download the Gaelic Games Child Safeguarding Template Statement at http://www.gaa.ie/the-gaa/child-welfare-and-protection/children-first. It is requested that clubs attach a copy of their updated Safeguarding Statement at the bottom of the Risk Assessment before submission. When printing, please note the Statement must be printed on A3 size paper as content will not fit on A4.

Risk Assessments & Safeguarding Statements must be uploaded using an Official Gaelic Games email address (i.e. example@gaa.ie, example@lgfa.ie, example@camogie.ie) here by 5.00pm on 31st May 2021. Questions or clarifications not included in the FAQ document may be submitted to safeguardingriskassessment@gaa.ie.

National Child Safeguarding Committee 2021

Garda Vetting

All coaches must be have completed the online Garda Vetting and attended the child safeguarding course before being involved with under age children.

  • vetting must be completed every 3 years

  • safeguarding must be completed every 3 years (can be completed online after first time)

If interested in coaching or helping out at the club, please contact one of the club officers who will be happy to help assist you in getting started. All roles are voluntary and usually performed by parents of club members. All training will be provided.

The Gaelic Athletics Associations (GAA, LGFA, Camogie, Rounders, and Handball) in accordance with our Code of Behaviour (Underage) and our legislative requirements have agreed this Child Safeguarding Statement which is binding on all members and units of our Associations.

The basic aims of the Gaelic Games Associations include fostering and developing our Gaelic Games and Irish cultural activities among young people and children. These games and related activities are organised and promoted by dedicated volunteers at Club, County, Provincial and National levels with the cooperation and support of an equally dedicated cohort of staff all of whom are committed to the safeguarding of children in our Associations as we seek to create a safe environment for young people in which to grow and develop.

We have completed an assessment of the potential for harm to children when they are participating in our games and attending our activities under the following headings: Club and Coaching Practices; Complaints & Discipline; Reporting Procedures; Use of Facilities; Recruitment; Communications and a further heading of General Risk of Harm.

In addition to our Risk Assessment document described above, the following procedures support our intention to safeguard children availing of our services:

  • Code of Behaviour (Underage) which includes

    • Recruitment policy for those working with children

    • Child safeguarding training requirements

    • Anti-Bullying statement

    • Social Media policy

  • Guidance for Dealing and Reporting Allegations or Concerns of Abuse by staff or volunteers

  • Appointing Designated Liaison Persons at Club, County and national levels

  • Appointing Children’s Officers at Club, County and national levels who shall be the Association’s relevant persons or first point of contact in respect of this statement

3 Steps in Vetting Process

Step 1 The initial identification validation at Club level

You must in the first instance complete the GAA E-Vetting Identification Validation Form

This form compels you to provide proof of your identity to the Club Children’s Officer, who must verify that they have received the ID verification as required. The ID verification along with the E-Vetting Identification Validation Form is retained by the Club Children’s Officer for the duration of the e-vetting process or it may be attached by you at Step 2 to the Online E-Vetting application Form.

The primary purpose of this form is for you to provide your name, address, club, role for which you applied, and to present your ID (e.g. copy of your passport plus a utility bill showing your current address) plus a valid email address for future reference. The full list of documents which are accepted for verification can be found here

GAA E-Vetting Identification Validation Form

Step 2 Completing the EVetting Application form

Once you complete the GAA on-line E-Vetting Application Form the information provided is forwarded to the NVB by the GAA and you will receive an on-line NVB Vetting Form to complete. Please do not contact the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) regarding your application as they are unable to deal with individual requests from GAA applicants. If you have a query regarding your application please contact the GAA and not the National Vetting Bureau.

The details entered on your GAA Evetting Form will be emailed back to you, for your own records. Your Club Secretary will also receive an email informing him/her that you have applied as a member of the club, to be issued with the NVB Vetting Application Form.

Click on the link to complete the GAA EVetting Application Form

Step 3 NVB Vetting Application form

The NVB will issue you with the NVB Vetting Application form. This will be issued to the email address you provided in

Completing this form is a confidential matter between you and the NVB. All sections of the form including current and previous addresses, email address and contact telephone numbers, information on convictions and prosecutions (if any), plus other information will be required when completing the form.

Once all sections of the form have been answered this then completes your application process for E Vetting in the GAA and within a short period of time you shall be contacted by the GAA to informing you as to the outcome of the vetting application.

You and your Club Secretary will be notified when the vetting process has been completed.

All Vetting queries should be forwarded to evetting@gaa.ie


Juvenile/Under-Age GAA policies:

The club adheres strictly to GAA policies for the welfare and protection of underage players. You can read more about these here: