Vetting and Child Safeguarding Training
Vetting and Child Safeguarding Training – what are the regulations in the GAA?
Legislation and GAA rules require that any person working in a ‘relevant role’ or as we term it ‘a role of responsibility’ with children must be vetted. This now applies on an All-Ireland basis. Vetting carried out by one of the Gaelic Games Associations e.g. GAA will also be recognised by LGFA and By Camogie and vice versa.
These requirements apply to our coaches and mentors of underage teams, referees of underage games, bus drivers employed to drive children or physios employed by the club and any other person deemed by the club to have a direct role of responsibility with children at Club level. Attendance at Child Safeguarding training also applies to our underage coaches and mentors as does the requirement that they have a minimum coach education recognition e.g. Foundation level as a minimum. Please remember that as a result of a long-standing agreement between the Gaelic Games Associations, any person vetted by the GAA shall have their vetting outcome recognised by LGFA and Camogie and do not have to undertake additional vetting by either of these Associations. Similarly, each of these Associations recognise each other’s child safeguarding training as well.
• Parents on the sideline who turn up to watch their children play - do NOT require vetting
• Transition Year students putting out cones or goals at a nursery or showing how to solo or catch a ball in a noncoaching role - do NOT require vetting
• A parent who has been asked by a referee to stand in and do umpiring - does NOT require vetting
• Obliging parents who provide tea and sandwiches to visiting teams - do NOT require vetting.
Legislation does not permit us to vet people under 16 yrs. of age. Once they reach their 16th birthday they can then be vetted, with parental permission.
Risk Assessment and Child Safeguarding Statement: Please be reminded that the legal requirement for Clubs to carry out a Risk Assessment of harm to children in the Club plus the need to put the Child Safeguarding Statement on display should have been completed by Sunday 11 March 2018.
Check out http://www.gaa.ie/the-gaa/ child-welfare-and-protection/childrenfirst for this information. If your Risk Assessment at Club level shows that some personnel must still be vetted or have yet to complete child safeguarding training then record this is the risk assessment document.