The player is central to the GAA and all its activities. The skill and dedication of our players at all levels have captured the imagination of the public since the founding of the GAA and have been fundamental to he ongoing success of the association. The welfare of players is therefore of paramount importance to the GAA and its future success.
St. Brigids Blackwater GAA Club 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 coaches & volunteers are carefully recruited and selected 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/activities.
- Providing parents and children with the opportunity to voice any concerns that they may have.
- Appointing a designated Children’s Officer to our Club Executive at our Annual General Meeting.
- 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 (Fourth Edition 2009) and with statutory guidelines and relevant legislation.
- Ensuring that members, coaches, team mentors, administrators, parents/guardians and spectators adhere to GAA Codes of Behaviour.