Longford GAA 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 discernible forms of abuse, from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and shall respect their rights, wishes and feelings.
We achieve this by:
- Recognising that all children have the right to be protected from harm.
- Ensuring that coaches & volunteers are carefully recruited and selected and 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/activities.
- Providing parents and children with the opportunity to voice any concerns that they may have.
- Appointing Children’s Officers in each of our Clubs and at County Board level.
- Appointing a National Children’s Officer to oversee the implementation of good child protection and welfare practices.
- Appointing a Designated Person in each Club and County who will liaise with the statutory authorities as appropriate.
- Appointing a 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 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.
Key Resources / Documents
For more information on Child Welfare & Protection in GAA click on the various links below.
- Garda E-Vetting A Step By Step Guide
- Child Welfare & Protection Website
- Important Changes To Garda Vetting & Frequently Asked Questions
- GAA Code of Conduct
- Our Games – Our Code
- Code of Behaviour (Underage)
- Maintaining Appropriate Levels Of Behaviour In Our Work With Children And Young People
- Dealing with Alleged Breaches of the Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport
- Dealing with Allegations of Abuse
- Child Safeguarding In The GAA – An Important Q & A