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. The Club Children’s Officer, Claire Cullinane, can be contacted at actingcco.gchjuvenile@gmail.com 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.

National Indoor Junior & u23 Championships

Despite a few late withdrawals there were fine performances from some of our Juniors and under 23s this morning at their national indoors: Anna McGinley...