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Child Welfare & Protection


Down GAA and its Clubs are committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people who wish to participate in our Gaelic Games and activities.  Hopefully this section of the website is a good resource for players, coaches, and administrators who will have contact with our young people involved in our Clubs.
 

CONTACTING CHILD WELFARE TRAINERS / CONTACTING UNDERAGE PLAYERS / ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE / CHILD WELFARE & PROTECTION / CODE OF BEHAVIOUR / VETTING / ACCESS NI / INCLUSION & INTEGRATION / OUR GAMES OUR CODE / RESPECT / TACKLING BULLYING

CONTACTING CHILD WELFARE TRAINERS

Ulster safe guarding Tutors List, detailing their, Name, County and phone and email contact information.

 
CONTACTING UNDERAGE PLAYERS
The GAA policy states that when we pass on information regarding games, training or other activities for the attention of our underage players that we do so via group texts and that these group texts should be sent to the parents/guardians of underage players. The same good practice guidance applies when using emails or social media sites.  
ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE
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CHILD WELFARE & PROTECTION

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.

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CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

The Code of Behaviour is jointly promoted by Cumann Lúthchleas Gael (The Gaelic Athletic Association), Cumann Camógaíochta (Camogie Association), Cumann Peil Gael na mBan (Ladies Gaelic Football Association), Comhairle Liathróid Láimhena hÉireann (Irish Handball Council) and Cluiche Corr na hÉireann (Rounders Council of Ireland) as we promote good practice and assist those who promote and deliver our games to the highest possible standards.

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VETTING / ACCESS NI

Comhairle Uladh is a registered umbrella body with ACCESSNI, which allows them to carry out vetting checks for Clubs and the County Board.  It is now policy of the Ulster Council that anyone working with children or vulnerable adults at Provincial, County or Club level must be vetted

What is ACCESSNI?
ACCESSNI is the vetting service which provides criminal history information about anyone seeking paid or unpaid work in defined areas, such as working with Children or vulnerable adults.

For application forms club secretaries can contact the Ulster Council Children’s Officer Bernie Fox on 028 (048) 3752 1900 or by emailing bernie.fox.ulster@gaa.ie

 

INCLUSION & INTEGRATION

Our vision is that everybody has the opportunity to be welcomed to take part in our games and culture, to participate fully, to grow and develop and to be inspired to keep a lifelong engagement with our Association.

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OUR GAMES OUR CODE

Our Games – Our Code will assist us in supporting and directing our members and all units of our Associations in our work with underage teams in a coordinated and developmental manner

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RESPECT
The GAA Respect initiative seeks to ensure that Gaelic Games are promoted and played in a positive, fair and enjoyable manner where players, coaches, spectators and referees Give Respect – Get Respect from each other.
 
The Give Respect - Get Respect initiative applies to all in the GAA regardless of age, competition or ability
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TACKLING BULLYING

The GAA became the country’s first sporting organisation to launch a national anti-bullying campaign with the unveiling of the GAA Tackling Bullying Programme in March 2013.

GAA Tackling Bullying is a new training resource that the GAA developed in response to a growing awareness of the impact of Bullying in society and particularly in sport.

The programme consists of a two-hour training workshop suitable for Coaches, Parents, Players and other Club personnel and also includes a range of publicity materials for Clubs.

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CONTACTING CHILD WELFARE TRAINERS / CONTACTING UNDERAGE PLAYERS / ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE / CHILD WELFARE & PROTECTION / CODE OF BEHAVIOUR / VETTING / ACCESS NI / INCLUSION & INTEGRATION / OUR GAMES OUR CODE / RESPECT / TACKLING BULLYING