CHILD WELFARE AND PROTECTION POLICY

WHITES CROSS JUVENILE GAA CLUB
CHILD WELFARE AND PROTECTION POLICY

The GAA and its sister organisations recently launched (December
2012) online version of Our Games – Our Code, the joint Code
of Best Practice in Youth Sport.
The Code replaces all previous Codes and is a mandatory Code of
Best Practice for all Gaelic Games Associations in our work with
underage players. It is a comprehensive good practice guidance
publication and we are anxious that as many players, coaches,
parents and other Club personnel have immediate access to its
contents.

A full copy of Our Games – Our Code, the joint Code of Best
Practice in Youth Sport can be downloaded from the GAA.ie
website (updated as of Dec. 2012). Note the file size is large (7GB)
so please allow sufficient time for the document to download.

Whites Cross Juvenile GAA Club is committed to creating and
maintaining the safest possible environment for all young
participants. We do this by:
• Recognizing that all children have the right to be protected
from harm.
• Ensuring that all of our coaches and volunteers are carefully
recruited and selected and that they 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.
• Ensuring that members, coaches, team mentors,
administrators, parents/guardians and spectators sign up to
and adhere to our Code of Behaviour.

WHITES CROSS JUVENILE GAA CLUB
COACH GUIDELINES
• Develop an appropriate working relationship with children based on
mutual trust and respect.
• Challenge Bullying in any form whether physical or emotional.
Bullying is not acceptable behaviour be it from a young person, coach,
parent/guardian, spectator or match official.
• Don’t shout at or lecture players or reprimand/ridicule them when they
make a mistake. Children learn best through trial and error. Children
and young people should not be afraid to risk error so as to learn.

AVOID COMPROMISING YOUR ROLE AS A COACH

• Avoid taking coaching sessions on your own.
• Only deliver one to one coaching, if deemed necessary, in a group
setting.
• Avoid unnecessary physical contact with an underage player and
never engage in inappropriate touching of a player
• Be aware that any necessary contact should be determined by the
age and development of the player and should only take place with the
permission and understanding of the player and in an open
environment in the context of developing a player’s skills and abilities.

– BEST PRACTICE –
• As a coach always be punctual and properly attired.
• Ensure that all of your players are suitably and safely attired to play
their chosen sport. e.g. helmets, shin guards, mouthguards.
• Ensure that all dressing rooms and the general areas that are
occupied by your players and other Club personnel, prior to, during or
immediately following the completion of any match are kept clean and
are not damaged in any way.
• Be accompanied by at least one other adult in underage team
dressing rooms.
• Keep a record of any injuries and action subsequently taken. Ensure
that another official referee/ team mentor is present when a player is
being attended to and can corroborate the relevant details.
• Make adequate provision for First Aid services.
• Do not encourage or permit players to play while injured.
– Be aware of any special medical or dietary requirements of players as
indicated on the medical consent/registration forms or as informed by
parents/guardians.