Child Protection and Welfare
An Tóchar GAA is committed to creating a fun, safe and happy environment, in which all our players can participate in Gaelic Games.
At An Tóchar we take child safeguarding very seriously and have policies and procedures in place to look after the children in our care. We take all practicable steps to prevent abuse, harm, discrimination or degrading of children, while promoting a supportive, positive environment for all players.
The key role of the Club Children’s Officer is to ensure the implementation and promotion of the relevant Child Welfare and Protection Codes and Guidelines. This promotes best safeguarding practice in our club, thereby ensuring that young people can participate, enjoy and benefit from our Gaelic Games in safe and enjoyable surroundings.
In their work the Club Children’s Officer shall be the link between the children/young people and the adults within the Club. They shall
- promote the Code of Behaviour (Underage) and assist in ensuring that breaches of the code are dealt with the provisions of the Code.
- promote the Give Respect-Get Respect initiative.
- oversee the Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment and Child Safeguarding Statement process at club level.
- ensure that all underage members complete annual membership.
- ensure that coaches are vetted, that Safeguarding workshops are completed
- oversee that all coaches working with children must have a minimum recognised coaching qualification and keep up-to-date records of the same.
- The Children’s Officer is obliged to report to/attend the Club Executive Committee and to report to AGM
Designated Liaison Person:
The role of the DLP is to be the point of contact, who on behalf of the Club shall be responsible at an initial stage for dealing with any concerns relating to the possible abuse of children as reported or made known to them.The DLP should record all concerns brought to their attention and the actions taken thereafter.
The appointed Designated Liaison Person (DLP)
- is responsible for ensuring that reporting procedures within the Club are followed
- ensures child welfare and protection concerns are referred promptly to the relevant statutory authority and to their own Association’s Mandated Person.
- liaises with the Association’s Mandated Person as required on allegations of abuse.
An Tóchar’s DLP: Gary McGillycuddy, 086 8729927