2020 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.

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 5 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

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

GARDA VETTING AUDIT

Can all officers and coaches of the club, please complete the following audit form for our internal record keeping. This is required by Denis to complete our safeguarding club audit and maintain our high standards.

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: