Stars of Erin Children’s Officer Team
Stars of Erin is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people who participate in our activities. We do our utmost to take all practicable steps to protect them from any discern-able forms of abuse, harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and we respect their rights, wishes and feelings.
Stars of Erin has a designated Children’s Officer whose appointment is central to the Clubs policy on Child Welfare. We would ask everyone involved with the club to support and cooperate with them in their important duties. The Stars of Erin Children’s Officer have as their primary aim the establishment of a child and youth centred ethos within Stars of Erin and will be viewed by many as the link between the children/young people in the Club and the adults.
- The Club Children’s Officer will –
Promote greater awareness within Stars of Erin of the GAA Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport.
- Assist with and identify the need for Safeguard training within Stars and other appropriate training in consultation with the Club’s Designated Person.
- Ensure, in as far as possible, that all Players, Coaches/Team mentors, Parents/Guardians, Officials and Spectators adhere to the Code of Best Practice for Youth Sport.
- Influence policy and practice within the Club to prioritise children’s and young people’s needs.
- Promote greater consultation with underage players and participation by them in club activities and planning.
- Encourage the involvement of parents/guardians in organising Club activities and to co-operate with parents in ensuring that every young person enjoys his/her involvement with the Club. Develop good practice procedures in the recruitment and selection of persons working with young people in the club. Oversee the Garda Vetting in the club.
- Maintain on-going contact with the County Board Children’s Officer and with other Club Children’s Officers. Club Children’s Officers do not have the responsibility to investigate or validate child protection allegations or concerns within the Club.
- The liaison person appointed by the Club to deal with such concerns is the Club’s Designated Liaison as per the GAA Guidelines for Dealing with Allegations of Abuse.
Our current Children’s Officer is:
If you are –
- Juvenile member who is worried about your treatment within the club
- an adult member or parent who has any concerns about the welfare of a child you are urged to contact the Children’s Officer. You can be assured you will be dealt with professionally and in the strictest confidence.