Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy

Caragh Celtic FC believes that concern for the general well being and welfare of all children and young persons under its care is of paramount importance in developing the young players of the future.  The club recognises the responsibilities and trust that is placed on it by all players and their families.

It will seek to respond to that responsibility by encouraging best practice in Child Protection matters and encourage everyone involved in the club to recognise this. The protection of the child must be the first priority of all its members.

All managers/coaches must know the clubs policy and procedures, be encouraged to listen to concerns of players and take their complaints seriously.

All current and potential managers shall consent to be screened as to their suitability to work with children as specified by the FAI Child Protection guidelines.

Caragh Celtic FC will emphasise to all members that they have a duty to report to the Designated Person any concerns they have over the possible abuse of children. This duty also applies to concerns they might have about a colleague.

The Club will provide guidance to anyone who makes a report of suspected abuse and they will be fully supported when voicing these concerns.

Anti-Bullying Policy

It is vital that everyone within the club understands that bullying will not be tolerated and that the following conditions must be met.

In being confronted with a possible serious case of bullying all managers/coaches must be   prepared to:

•Take the problem seriously

•Investigate the incident

•Talk to the bullies and victims separately.

Decide on an appropriate action such as :

•Obtain an apology from the bully to victim

•Inform parents of the bully

•Encourage/support the bully to change his behaviour

•Impose sanctions against bullies up to and including dismissal

Child Protection advice for players

•You are entitled to :

•Be safe

•Be treated with dignity, sensitivity and respect

•Experience competition and the desire to win as a positive and healthy outcome of striving for best performance.

•Be happy, have fun and enjoy soccer.

•Comment and make suggestions in an appropriate and constructive manner.

•Be listened to.

•Be believed.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, YOU ARE ENTITLED TO EXPRESS CONCERNS AND MAKE COMPLAINTS IN AN APPROPRIATE WAY AND HAVE THESE DEALT WITH THROUGH AN EFFECTIVE COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE.

For further information :

Code of Ethics for Childrens Sport, the Irish Sports Council 2001.

Our Duty to Care, Department of Health & Children 2002.

Children First, national Guidelines for the Protection and welfare of Children 1999.

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This is to state that I have read the enclosed documents and endeavour to abide by the rules and recommendations set out within:

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