Child Safeguarding & GARDA Vetting

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:

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 February 2023.

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 or

Club Children's Officer: Denis Treacy

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.

3 Steps in Vetting Process

Step 1

Log onto

Step 2

Click on your own Name

Step 3

Upload documents (photo of passport, driver license etc.

How to apply for Vetting in the Gaelic Games Association using FOIREANN APP

Step 1 Logging in to Foireann

Log into your account on Foireann or create an account on Foireann

Please click on hyperlink for step-by-step guidance on how to apply for vetting on Foireann.

Step 2 Gaelic Games Vetting Invitation Form

Once logged into your account on Foireann please click on the Qualifications and Vetting tab and then click Apply to be Vetted. Please ensure your current details on your profile are correct. Please then select your Club and or Association you wish to be vetted for and the role you are applying for vetting.

It is now a requirement to upload a copy or screenshot of your Photo ID (passport or drivers’ licence) and a proof of your current address in the form of a Utility Bill (no more than 6 months old). You are also required to print and sign the Gaelic Game Vetting ID Validation Form and upload this a part of your vetting application. The full list of documents which are accepted for verification can be found here

Your Club Children’s Officer will then check your ID Documentation and your signed Gaelic Games Vetting ID Validation Form. If the documents are correct your application will be validated by your Club Children’s Officer and submitted to the LGFA. If the documents are not correct your Club Children’s Officer will reject your application and you will be required to upload the correct documentation.

Step 3 Completing the National Vetting Bureau EVetting Application form

Once you complete the Gaelic Games Invitation Form the information provided is forwarded to the NVB by the LGFA and you will receive an on-line NVB Vetting Form to complete.

The NVB will issue you with the NVB Vetting Application form. This will be issued to the email address you provided in your Gaelic Games Invitation Form.

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 LGFA and within a short period of time you shall be contacted by the LGFA to informing you as to the outcome of the vetting application.

Role of Children's Officer

As Club Children’s Officer you are required to be provided with access to the Vetting Admin section of Foireann. Your Club Registrar can assign you this access. You must use your Children’s Officer email address for this. If you have not setup your Children’s Officer email address, then your club secretary will need to request this setup by emailing

If your Club is a One Club Model, then each Children’s Officer can be provided with access.

Please click on hyperlink for step by step break down of how to assign vetting access to the Club Children’s Officer.

The Club Children’s Officer will now be informed as to when an applicant applies for vetting, this will be sent to you children's officer email address. Email notifications are issued from

The ID Validation step will now take place online. The applicant is required to upload Photo ID (passport or drivers’ licence) and a proof of their current address in the form of a Utility Bill (no more than 6 months old). The applicant must also print and sign the Gaelic Game Vetting ID Validation Form and upload this a part of their vetting application. As Children’s Officer your role is to validate that the ID and address matches the details on the applicants Gaelic Games Vetting Invitation Form, along with a signed copy of the Gaelic Games Vetting ID Validation Form. If all three are attached and correct you click validate and the application will progress to the Association. If all three are not attached and correct you click reject and the application will be returned for the applicant to completed again.

It is a requirement by the Garda National Vetting Bureau that an individual seeking vetting is validated that the individual is who they say they are. This step is mandatory and must be completed by the applicant and validated correctly by the Club Children’s Officer.

Please click on hyperlink for step by step break down of how to review a members application as Club Children’s Officer.

Please note that the Association the applicant applies to be vetted for will not have oversight of the application until the application is validated at Club level.

Once the individual is deemed suitable to work with children, the individual will receive a vetting acceptance letter. The Club Children’s Officer will also receive an email with a copy of the letter.

The requirements to work with children in the Gaelic Games Association which must be completed, prior to commencing their role(s) are vetting and child safeguarding training. If you are a coach, you must also obtain a minimum coaching qualification.

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:

Safeguarding & Rik Assessment

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 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.,, here by 5.00pm on 31st May 2021. Questions or clarifications not included in the FAQ document may be submitted to

National Child Safeguarding Committee 2021