Child Protection

Child Protection and Welfare

Pats GAA Club is fully committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all children and young people who participate in our activities, and also for the adults who assist and mentor these children and young people.

We do our utmost to take all practical steps to safeguard children and young people from any discernable forms of abuse, harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and in so far as is practically possible, we provide a safe environment for them.

St. Pats has a designated Children’s Officer and a Designated Liaison Officer (details below) whose appointments are central to the GAA Child welfare strategy. We would ask everyone involved with the club to support and cooperate with them in their important duties.

Children’s Officer: Sheila McGuinness childrensofficer.StPatricksDonabate.Dublin@gaa.ie

Designated Liaison Officer: Elaine Kirwan    liaisonofficer.stpatricks.dublin@gmail.com

Concerns

If you are –

  • a Juvenile member who is worried about your treatment within the Club
    OR
  • an adult member or parent who has concerns about the welfare of a child

please contact the Childrens Officer.  You can be assured you will be dealt with professionally and in the strictest confidence.

If you have a child welfare or protection concern relating to activities beyond the Club, you should contact the Designated Liaison Officer who can have direct contact with local HSE Children and Family Services, Duty Social Worker and Gardai.

Garda Vetting

Vetting is a legal requirement pursuant to the National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 – 2016. The Club has a statutory obligation to ensure that all those who undertake ‘relevant work’ with children are vetted.

The term ‘relevant work’ in the GAA/LGFA includes any role of responsibility such as coaching, managing or training underage teams or indeed adult teams that contain any player under 18 years of age. It also applies to organising underage activities or refereeing underage games.

Policies 

Child Safeguarding Statement <Click here>

Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport when working with underage players <Click here>

Code of Underage Behaviour <Click here>

Dealing with Alleged Breaches of the Code of Behaviour (Underage) <Click here>