Child Protection

Club Child Protection Code & Best Practice

The Gaelic Athletic Association and Michael Davitt GAC are 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.

Michael Davitt GAC does this by:

■ Recognising that all children have the right to be protected from harm.

■ Ensuring that all of our coaches and volunteers undertake the appropriate coaching courses, comply with current child protection legislation by completing the AccessNI application as part of the safe recruitment procedures 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 and related activities.

■ Providing parents and children with the opportunity to voice any concerns that they may have.

■ Appointing Children’s Officer; Noel Gorman is the Club’s Children’s Officer for 2016.

■ 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.

If any club member has any queries/concerns in relation to child protection, please contact the Club’s Child Protection Officer;

Noel Gorman (07595043591)

Noelgorman80@googlemail.com

Check out the GAA Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport by clicking here

Check out the new edition of the Code of Behaviours – Underage by clicking here