Child Welfare

Child Welfare

An Tóchar GAA Club 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 will take all practicable steps to protect them from discernable forms of abuse, from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and shall respect their rights, wishes and feelings.

We do this by:

  • Recognising 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 Children’s Officer(contact details below) who will liaise with the statutory authorities as appropriate.
  • Liaising with the GAA National Children’s Officer to oversee the implementation of good child protection and welfare practices within our club.
  • Liaising with the National Designated Person to assist in the processing of child protection and welfare matters.
  • 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.


Our  Club Child Welfare Officer is:  Frances Gaskin 087 265 9004



The Wicklow County Childrens Officer is Frances Stephenson Ph;087-2499362 E-mail:

Code of Behaviour for Players, Coaches & Parents

An Tóchar GAA Club has published its Codes of Behaviour for Players, Coaches & Parents. All our members are asked to be fully aware of the contents of these codes & to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner.

Parents Code of Behaviour 2018

Players Code of Behaviour 2018

Coaches Code of Behaviour 2018

An Tochar GAA Anti-Bullying Policy 2014


The G.A.A. and its sister organisations have published ‘Our Games – Our Code’, the joint Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport. This Code has been agreed between the GAA, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, the Camogie Association, GAA Handball Ireland and the Rounders Council of Ireland.

The Code replaces all previous Codes and is a mandatory Code of Best Practice for all Gaelic Games Associations in our work with underage players. It is a comprehensive good practice guidance publication and we are anxious that as many players, coaches, parents and other Club personnel have immediate access to its contents.

The Code is available here; ‘Our Games Our Code Dec 2012

or in Disc format (not printed) form the National Children’s Office. For more information, please contact Frances Gaskin 087 265 9004) or the GAA National Children’s Officer, Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichíl at 01-8363222 or

An Tóchar GAA Club,Roundwood,Co.Wicklow