From 01 January 2018, if you as a Manager, Coach, Mentor or Referee, you are committing an offence if you are working with underage players and are not Garda Vetted.
The Club is also committing an offence by permitting this situation. The Executive of St Pats GAA Club require all concerned to fully comply with vetting requirements under National Vetting Bureau ( Children and Vulnearable Persons ) Act 2012 to 2016.
There are TWO STEPS involved in this:
- National Vetting which is simply done on line
- Child Protection Course done via Croke Park/Parnell Park through our CPO
E-Vetting commenced in April 2016. Since then St Pats GAA Club has coordinated a vetting process that is still very far from complete and must be an ongoing and fundamental exercise.
Garda Vetting is only valid for 5 years, so anyone who was not vetted in the last 5 years needs to now apply for vetting immediately in order to meet the deadline of 31 December 2017.
What is now needed:
The Executive of St Pats GAA Club require all Managers, Coaches, Mentors and referees to fully comply with vetting rewquiriements by year end.
All managers must supply to the Children’s Officer – by 30 October 2017 – a full listing of everyone who is coaching/mentoring with their teams and either indicate that they are vetted (within last 5 years) or confirm they are currently making an application for vetting.
This is about protecting the Club, the Officers, the Coaching Staff and foremost protecting the children in our care.
E-Vetting is a simple confidential process for more information please follow this link.
The good news is that our CPO Fiona Gallagher has arranged a Child Protection Course for Wednesday night 04 October in Keelings 19h30 for those needing to complete Stage 2.
If you have not completed this course and intend to coach/mentor for the coming season it is imperative you make an effort to attend.
If you’ve any queries or need any assistance with vetting, please email our Child Protection Officer, Fiona Gallagher 087 639 4840.