Child Welfare

Children’s Officer

The Club Children’s Officer assists in promoting a child and youth centred ethos in our Club. 

The Children’s Officer is the link between the children/young people and the adults within the club.

The key role of our Children’s Officer is to ensure the implementation and promotion of the relevant Child Welfare and Protection Codes and Guidelines for good practice in the Club, so as to ensure that young people can participate, enjoy and benefit from Gaelic Games in safe and enjoyable surroundings.  Code of Behaviour – Underage is the agreed good practice reference and policy document that is central to guiding the Children’s Officer in their role.

The Children’s Officer oversees the implementation of Garda Vetting checks, as appropriate, within the Club.

(see Garda Vetting link for information re Garda Vetting and links to the appropriate forms).

Lisa Wickham

Children’s Officer

Phone +353-87-647 5766

Email: ldoylewickham@yahoo.ie 

Club Ethos

Here in Rathnure we are starting an awareness campaign with regard to Club policies and the responsibilities shared by us all when it comes to Child Protection and Child Welfare issues.

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.  Every player and parent who registers with Rathnure will be agreeing to abide by our codes of behaviour so we are urging you to be aware and read carefully.  As each policy is reviewed and updated it will be published here on the Website and will be readily available and easily accessible to members. It is our responsibility to ensure the best practice is implemented in Rathnure St Annes.
 

If you have a concern you can contact the Club Children’s Officer.

Code of Behaviour – Underage

Our underage players will spend some of the most enjoyable days of their lives playing our games and socialising with their friends. 

Whether attending matches or playing hurling/camogie, they will do so during some of the most important developmental years of their lives.   Our role and our responsibility is to ensure that they benefit from and participate in our Gaelic Games in a safe and enjoyable environment and where our Games are conducted in a spirit of fair play, where everyone working on our behalf emphasises respect, equality, safety and non-discrimination in all aspects of our work with children and young people.
 

Everyone involved in our sports and activities commit to maintaining an enjoyable and safe environment for all.  The club recognises that the welfare of the child is of paramount importance.

E-Vetting in the GAA

Please read the information and guidance below before commencing this process. The online vetting form can be found below.

 

Vetting in the GAA

The GAA has a long established 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.

Vetting services for the Association are currently overseen by the National Children’s Office in Croke Park while Comhairle Uladh acts on our behalf in coordinating AccessNI services.

Our international units adhere to the legislative vetting and police background checks that are required in the jurisdiction in which they operate.

 

Legislation

The National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 – 2016 commenced on 29th April 2016 and from that date a statutory obligation was placed upon the GAA to ensure that all persons who on our behalf undertook ‘relevant work’ with children has been vetted prior to taking up that role in Ireland.

The term ‘relevant work’ in the GAA includes any role of responsibility such as coaching, managing or training underage teams or indeed adult teams that contain any player under 18 yrs. of age. It also applies to organising underage activities or refereeing underage games.

The Act also established the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to oversee the e-vetting services previously administered by the Garda Central Vetting Unit.

 

Who needs to be vetted?

In the GAA any person who carries out a role of responsibility such as coaching, managing or training underage teams or indeed adult teams that contain any player under 18 yrs. of age must be vetted. It also applies to organising underage activities or refereeing underage games. Thereafter, each club shall decide if other roles merit a person being vetted.

Any person who was working with children in the GAA prior to the commencement of the Act and was not previously vetted for that role may continue in that capacity but must apply as a matter of priority to be vetted by the GAA under what is termed ‘retrospective vetting’.  This term and these conditions are allowed for in the Act.

 

What if the applicant is under 18 yrs. of age?

GAA vetting services are available to any person over 16 yrs. of age fulfilling a role of responsibility with children or vulnerable adults. A parental consent form (NVB Parent/Guardian Consent Form) must be completed, this is available here, for applicants between 16 and 18 yrs. of age 

 

Is it an offence if you are not vetted?

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 National Vetting Bureau in respect of the role for which they have been recruited.  It is also a breach of GAA rule if you are working with children or vulnerable adults on behalf of the Association and have not been vetted.

 

E-Vetting

When the Vetting Act came into being on 29 April 2016 the GAA became one of the first organisations to replace ‘paper vetting’ with a new on line or E –Vetting system.

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 through the GAA?

Vetting for a member of the GAA involves 3 easy to follow steps as follows:

 

Step 1    The initial application vetting process at Club level

You must in the first instance complete the GAA E-Vetting ID Form. This form compels you to provide proof of your identity to the Club Children’s Officer who must verify that they have received the ID verification as required.  The ID verification may be retained by the Club Children’s Officer for the duration of the e-vetting process or it may be attached by you at Step 2 to the On Line Vetting application Form. 

The primary purpose of this form is for you to provide your name, address, club, role for which you applied, and to present your ID (e.g. copy of your passport plus a utility bill showing your current address) plus a valid email address for future reference. The full list of documents which are accepted for verification can be found here.

Click here for the GAA E-Vetting ID Form

 

Step 2    Completing the Vetting Application form

Following completion of the initial process you will then be directed to www.gaa.ie where the GAA on-line E-Vetting Application Form is available to download.  

Once you complete the GAA on-line E-Vetting Application Form the information provided is forwarded to the NVB by the GAA and you will receive an on-line NVB Vetting Form to complete.

The details entered will be emailed back to you, for your own records.  Your Club Secretary will also receive an email informing him/her that you have applied as a member of the club, to be issued with the NVB Vetting Application Form.

Click here for GAA on-line E-Vetting application form

 

Step 3    NVB Vetting Application form

The NVB will issue you with the NVB Vetting Application form.  This will be issued to the email address you provided in Step 2.

Completing this form is a confidential matter between you and the NVB.  All sections of the form including current and previous addresses, email address and contact telephone numbers, information on convictions and prosecutions (if any), plus other information will be required when completing the form.

Once all sections of the form have been answered this then completes your application process for E Vetting in the GAA and within a short period of time you shall be contacted by the GAA to informing you as to the outcome of the vetting application.

You and your Club Secretary will be notified when the vetting process has been completed.

Annual Registration of Underage Players

Each year all underage players are required to submit a Registration Form to ensure that club records are kept up-to-date.  This may be handed out at training, available at Indoor Hurling or it can be downloaded here.  Please take time to read the Code of Behaviour – Underage.