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Child Welfare Officer

The safeguarding of our members is the clubs key priority.  We are committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people to participate in our club activities.

It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that Club Policies and the Code of Behaviour are followed and Best Practice is implemented.

The key role of the Club Child Welfare 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 our Gaelic Games in safe and enjoyable surroundings.

Our Games Our Code – The Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport

Our Games Our Code – The Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport is the agreed good practice reference and policy document that is central to guiding the Child Welfare Officer in their role.

The Club’s Child Welfare Officer and Designated Liaison Person for Dealing with Allegations of Abuse is Patricia Kelly.

Please Contact Patricia at GersGAA.ChildWelfareOfficer@gmail.com if you have any queries, you can be assured you will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

The Child Welfare Officer also reviews the Accident/Incident Reports and oversees the implementation of Garda Vetting checks, as appropriate, within the Club.

The Designated Liaison Person is responsible for reporting allegations or suspicions of child abuse to TUSLA Child and Family Agency or Social Services (NI) and/or An Garda Siochána / PSNI and follows the Guidelines for Dealing with Allegations of Abuse.