Child Welfare

Educating & protecting our children

Kerry GAA Child Welfare & Protection

Child Welfare and Protection

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The Association and its sister organisations recently launched (April 2018) online version of Code of Behaviour (Underage), the joint Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport. This Code has been agreed between the GAA, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, the Camogie Association, GAA Handball Ireland and the Rounders Council of Ireland.

The Code replaces all previous Codes and is a mandatory Code of Best Practice for all Gaelic Games Associations in our work with underage players. It is a comprehensive good practice guidance publication and we are anxious that as many players, coaches, parents and other Club personnel have immediate access to its contents.

The Code is also available in Disc format (not printed) form the National Children’s Office. For more information or a disc, please contact the GAA National Children’s Officer, Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichíl at 01-8363222 or nationalchildrensofficer@gaa.ie.

Download a copy of Code of Behaviour (Underage).

The Gaelic Athletic Association 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 do this by:

  • Recognising that all children have the right to be protected from harm.
  • Ensuring that all of our coaches and volunteers are carefully recruited and selected and that they 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 and related 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 within the Association.
  • 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.

GAA Guidelines for dealing with Allegations of Abuse

Maintaining Appropriate Levels of Behaviour in our Work with Children & Young People

Maintaining Appropriate Levels of Behaviour in our Work with Children & Young People complements Sport Ireland Code of Ethics and the Code of Behaviour (Underage), the joint Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport and addresses the appropriate levels of behaviour, practice and conduct required from our young players, officials, coaches, trainers, mentors, supporters, parents/guardians and clubs.

For ease of use, the document can be downloaded by the appropriate section from the first edition below. It is jointly promoted by Cumann Lúthchleas Gael (The Gaelic Athletic Association), Cumann Camógaíochta (Camogie Association), Cumann Peil Gael na mBan (Ladies Gaelic Football Association), Liathróid Láimhe CLG na hÉireann (GAA Handball Ireland) and Cluiche Corr na hÉireann (GAA Rounders ) as we promote good practice and assist those who promote and deliver our games to the highest possible standards.

For ease of use, download the appropriate section the below links:

Maintaining Appropriate Levels of Behaviour in our work with Children and Young People

Section 1: Young Players

Section 2: Coaches, Mentors and Trainers

Section 3: Parents/Guardians

Section 4: Supporters

Section 5: Referees

Section 6: Give Respect – Get Respect

Section 7: The Club

Section 8: Safeguarding Children

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Garda Vetting In The GAA

Vetting in the GAA
The GAA has long established the principle of vetting any person who, on our behalf, works with children or vulnerable adults in our Association. This principle is enshrined in rule through our Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport and has become part of the overall recruitment and selection process for those who wish to work with us in the GAA, in a voluntary or paid role.

When the Irish government commenced the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts on 29 April 2016 it brought mandatory vetting on the island of Ireland into being, given that it had previously been a legal requirement under AccessNI.

It is now a criminal offence, for a person acting on behalf of the GAA, or for the GAA as an Association to permit any person to commence working with children on behalf of the Association without that person first obtaining a vetting disclosure from the Nation Vetting Bureau in respect of the role for which they have been recruited.

E Vetting
The GAA is one of the first organisations to introduce e-Vetting or vetting on-line on an all-Ireland basis following the commencement of GAA e-Vetting through the newly established National Vetting Bureau (NVB). e-Vetting replaces all previous paper vetting systems which also brings us in line with similar e-vetting services as coordinated by Ulster GAA for AccessNI.

How can you be Vetted?
The purpose of this form is to facilitate your application for a position within the GAA working with children and/or vulnerable persons. This application process requires you to provide some personal information to the GAA, to have that information verified by the Children’s Officer of your GAA Club, and to share that information with the GAA National Children’s Office.

The GAA National Children’s Office will then initiate an e-vetting request with the National Vetting Bureau on your behalf. Following this you will receive an e-mail from the National Vetting Bureau with a link to a secure web portal, owned and managed by the NVB, where you will be required to enter further personal information. This will enable vetting to take place.

Upon completion of the vetting process you will be notified of the outcome by the GAA National Children’s Office. If your application has been accepted, you will be free to take up your position within the GAA.

Please note that the GAA will only retain your personal information for the duration of the e-vetting process and will inform your Club upon receipt of application and completion of the vetting process.

  1. Open to the GAA e-vetting application form by clicking here
  2. Complete your personal information on the online form
  3. You must provide a valid email address as correspondence from the NVB relating to your application will only be issued by email
  4. You will have to provide documentary photographic evidence of your identity (e.g. Passport, Drivers Licence) and proof of current address (e.g. utility bill). The full list of documents which are accepted for this verification can be found here
  5. For applicants aged under 18 years, please note that there are additional steps required to submit the e-vetting form. A parental consent form (NVB Parent/Guardian Consent Form) must be completed, this is available here
  6. You must validate the documentation that you are providing. There are two approaches to doing this:
    • Present the documentary evidence for review to you Club’s Children’s Officer. Then you must scan and submit the documentation using the upload facility on the online form
    • Furnish the documentary evidence to your Club’s Children’s Officer for validation and retention. If you choose this method of validation you are required to also complete an ID Retention Form.
  7. Once you have entered the necessary details, click submit to complete the first step in the process. The details that you entered will be mailed to you, for your records, and your club secretary will be notified that an application has been received in your name (no details are shared)
  8. Within a few days you will receive an email from the NVB which will contain a link to your online e-vetting form. Please complete this form promptly.
  9. The vetting process will then be conducted and you will receive notification of the outcome via email, your club secretary will be notified that your application has been completed.
For Further Information – Visit the GAA Vetting page HERE

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