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Child Safeguarding Statement

Download Glenmuir-United-FC-Child-Safeguarding-Statement-2023-V-3.pdf

Download Glenmuir-United-FC-Child-Safeguarding-Risk-Assessment-2023-V-3

https://www.fai.ie/domestic/safeguarding/child-safeguarding-policy

https://www.fai.ie/domestic/governance/fai-handbook

Glenmuir United Football Club in accordance with the FAI Handbook, FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy, other FAI policies, procedures and our legislative requirements have agreed this Child Safeguarding Statement which is binding on all members.

Glenmuir United Football Club is a Soccer Club operating on a Local, County & Regional scale. Providing sporting activities and opportunities for children and young people through participation in the sport of soccer. The club offers sporting activities to children and young people from the age of 5/6 to 18 years old.

Glenmuir United Football Club recruits over 25 volunteers with over 200 participants.

Glenmuir United Football Club is committed to safeguarding children and by working under the guidance of our Safeguarding Policies and procedures, our staff, both volunteers and employed working with our children and young people, throughout the Association, seek to create a safe and fun environment for children and young people to participate in their sport.

Principles to Safeguard Children from Harm

This statement recognises that in accordance with legislation and the requirements of FAI Handbook, FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy, other FAI policies and procedures that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. Glenmuir United Football Club is established on a number of core principles:

– the needs of the Child, integrity and respect, environment, equality, fair play, welfare and safety in football. These underlying principles underpin our rules, policies and procedures to ensure that when Children participating in our activities, they do so, as far as is practicable, in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Risk Assessment

In preparing this statement the Glenmuir United Football Club have completed a Risk Assessment of the potential risk of harm to children when they are participating in any of our games and attending our activities.

The risks were reviewed under the following headings;

  • Club and Coaching Practices
  • Complaints & Discipline
  • Reporting Procedures
  • Use of Facilities
  • Recruitment
  • Communications
  • General Risk of Harm.

The Risk Assessment was undertaken on December 1st 2023

The table below lists the area of Risk identified and the list of procedures and policies for managing these risks

Risk IdentifiedProcedures/Policies in placeQR Code shortcut
Risk of harm including assault, ill treatment or neglect of a child in a manner that seriously affects or is likely to seriously affect the child’s health, development or welfare or sexual abuse of childFAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policyFAI Concern-Complaint policyFAI RulebookSafeguarding training (add any additional policies, procedures or code of Conducts)1.FAI Child Welfare & Safeguarding Policy        
Risk of harm of abuse when hosting an activity and or an away tripFAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policyFAI Concern-Complaint policySafeguarding training (add any additional policies, procedures or code of Conducts)2. FAI Concern- Complaint Policy      
Risk of harm of online abuse through social mediaFAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policyFAI Social Media policy (add any additional policies, procedures or code of Conducts)3. FAI Social Media Policy  
Bullying of a childFAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policyFAI Concern-Complaint policyFAI Social Media policy (add any additional policies, procedures or code of Conducts)4. FAI Handbook        

The Glenmuir United Football Club’s Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, (the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice).

Glenmuir United Football Club has the following procedures in place as part of our Safeguarding Policies:

  • Procedures for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct by staff or volunteers against a child availing of our activities;
    • Procedures for the safe recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers to work with children in our activities;
    • Procedures for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm;
    • Procedure for reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Statutory Authorities;
    • Procedures for maintaining a list of the persons in the relevant service who are mandated;
    • Procedure for appointing a relevant person.

All procedures/policies listed are available on request. FAI Policies and the FAI Handbook are available on www.fai.ie/domestic and www.glenmuirfc.com

The Mandated persons for the FAI is Kirsten Pakes

The Designated Liaison person for Glenmuir United is Mark Sheils

Glenmuir United Football Club recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our Club is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the accompanying child welfare and safeguarding policies and procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while participating in our activities. This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on December 1st 2025 or as soon as practicable after there has been material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

This statement has been published on the Glenmuir United Football Club website and displayed in a prominent place on the Clubs premises.

It has been provided to all staff, volunteers and any other persons involved with the service. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla and members of the public if requested.

Signed:                   Date: December 1st 2023

For further information on this Child Safeguarding Statement, please contact relevant persons

Club Designated liaison Person (DLP) – Mark Sheils (087 2204240) Club Child Protection Officer (CPO) – Ciaran Hand (087 2200369)

Club Deputy Designated liaison Person (DDLP) – Joe Weir (087 7863813)