Club Child Protection Code & Best Practice

The Gaelic Athletic Association and Rathcline GAA are 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 discernable forms of abuse, from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and shall respect their rights, wishes and feelings.

Rathcline GAA Club do this by:

  • Recognising 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.
  • Appointing Children’s Officers in our Club, Seadna Ryan is the Club’s Child Protection Officer for 2013.
  • Appointing a Designated Person/Designated Persons in our Club, Ciara Myhill and Madeleine Murray are the Club’s Designated Persons for 2013.
  • 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.
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of our Child Protection procedures and policies on an ongoing basis.
  • Ensuring that members, coaches, team mentors, administrators, parents/guardians and spectators sign up to and adhere to our Code of Behaviour.

If any club member has any queries/concerns in relation to child protection, please contact the Club’s Child Protection Officer

Seadna Ryan
Child Protection Officer, Rathcline GAA Club