Child Welfare

Galway City Harriers is committed to good practice which protects children from harm. The coaching team & volunteers accept and recognise their responsibility to provide an environment which promotes the safety of the child at all times.

To achieve this we will:

  • Develop an awareness of the issues which may lead to children being harmed.
  • Create an open environment by identifying a ‘Designated person(s)’ to whom the children can turn to if they need to talk.
  • Adopt child centred and democratic coaching styles.
  • Adopt Safeguarding guidelines through Codes of Conduct for members and all adults working at the club. Adult workers include coaches, parents and volunteers.
  • Ensure careful recruitment, selection and management procedures. Ensure regular support and supervision is provided to coaches/volunteers.
  • Ensure any complaints, grievance and disciplinary procedures are included in our constitution.
  • Share information about concerns with children and parents and others who need to know.
  • Provide information as required to the management committee.
  • Ensure good and safe working/playing practices.
  • Be involved in training made available through the various agencies and strengthen links with these agencies.
  • Keep Safeguarding policies under regular review (every three years minimum).
  • Have procedures relating specifically to bullying, away trips, transport and use of photography.
  • Have an induction document available for parents, coaches and children clearly outlining their rights and responsibilities.
Thomas McStay

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