Child Welfare and Protection
Bernice Jones Moore is the Dublin Children's Officer
Bernice is contactable by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (m) 086-8242119
Everyone involved in our sport and activities should accept the roles and responsibilities that they undertake as we commit ourselves to maintaining an enjoyable and safe environment for all. The safeguarding of our members will always be a key priority as we recognise that the welfare of the child is of paramount importance in our work.
On 11 December 2017, the remaining provisions of the Children First Act commenced in full.
LGFA Clubs should have no apprehensions about the full commencement of the Act as any Club that has engaged with LGFA safeguarding requirements to date will have knowledge of child safeguarding training requirements, the need to vet various personnel that work with children and the requirements to appoint key child safeguarding officers.
Vetting: In accordance with vetting legislation, also referred to in the Children First Guidance, all persons who have a regulated role with children, (i.e. coaches, referees, parents who regularly assist in the LGFA) must be vetted under the Vetting Act by 1 January 2018.
Indeed, according to LGFA rules and Children First they should have been vetted by now. There are no exceptions to this directive. If a person, who has not been vetted, continues to act in any of the above roles after 1st January 2018 they will be breaking the law as may their Club for offering or facilitating such a role. Vetting regulations stipulate that a vetting applicant must be at least 16 yrs. of age when submitting their application.
The LGFA Vetting Policy states that once vetted an applicant shall be re-vetted within a five year period.
LGFA safeguarding codes have for a number of years promoted the practice that all coaches who work with children must have a minimum coaching qualification. It makes sense and such practices have benefitted not just the coaches but also the children and the Clubs with whom they play. Given the standards contained in Children First this requirement is even clearer now and it has been enshrined in our Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport and will also be referenced in our Child Safeguarding Statement.
Child Safeguarding (Protection) Training:
Child Safeguarding Training is highlighted in Children First as being mandatory and is required for the level of child safeguarding engagement one has in the Association. While we have maintained this level of training to date including a requirement that a basic coaching qualification cannot now be achieved without such training all such practices are now mandatory. Three levels of Child Safeguarding Training are now in place in the LGFA as follows and attendance is dependent on what role a person may have in relation to children.
Safeguarding 1 - Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshops relevant to coaches and others who work in a regulated role with children in the Association, Safeguarding 2 – Club Children’s Officer Training for Club Children’s Officer, Safeguarding 3 – Designated Liaison Person Training for DLPS in Clubs.
Due to ongoing Covid19 restrictions workshops cannot be organised in person. The GAA have recently organised a virtual workshop.
Virtual Safeguarding 1 Workshop
If clubs wish to organise a Virtual Safeguarding 1 Workshop for their Club please contact Michelle Harte to agree on available time slots and dates for delivering the workshop. All queries should be forwarded to email@example.com
Tutors are now in a position to deliver the workshop as a full 3-hour session rather than in 2 x 1.5 hrs. sessions.
The cost of the SG1 course is €125.00 which is payable to the tutor directly by the County Board or Club once they have the minimum requirement of 18 attendees.
Online Safeguarding Refresher
The On-line Refresher is available for any person who attended a Child Safeguarding 1 Workshop in the last five years i.e. since 2015. The Refresher is also available for any person who attended an LSP or other Sports NGB’s Safeguarding 1 workshops and they can ‘top up’ their training by availing of our Child Safeguarding Refresher. This fulfils their child safeguarding training requirements so that they may work with children, in addition to any other requirements in our Gaelic Games Associations.
The Online Safeguarding 1 Refresher can be accessed at https://learning.gaa.ie/safeguarding