Safeguarding Workshop

All members of the GAA who work with children and young people in the association and who sit on GAA committees are required to complete the GAA Safeguarding children and young people in sport workshop. It is then recommended to complete a refresher course after 3 years.

This is an interactive, fully certified and accredited 3 hour workshop delivered by tutors who have been trained and approved by Sport NI or Sport Ireland and the Association as required.

Participants will leave the course with a wide range of knowledge and information to assist their club in creating and maintaining the safest possible environment in which our children and young people can participate in Gaelic games and activities. The course has the following learning outcomes for participants:

  1. Understand the background to safeguarding children and young people in sport.
  2. Identify best practice procedures to safeguard children and young people in sport.
  3. Understand the different categories of child abuse.
  4. Identify the signs of abuse.
  5. Act if abuse is suspected – Report to relevant person

This course is a mandatory requirement for anyone working with children or young people in the association and must be completed prior to commencement of their position in the club. It is an excellent resource that assists clubs and individuals in the vital area of safeguarding and will help to ensure that clubs have the appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures in place so that they are compliant with both legal and best practice requirements in this area.

To organise a course in your club please contact your County Children’s Officer:

County Name Email
 Antrim  Barney Herron  childrensofficer.antrim@gaa.ie
 Armagh  Sean McCann  childrensofficer.armagh@gaa.ie
 Cavan  Anne Fortune  childrensofficer.cavan@gaa.ie
 Derry  Paul Gaile  childrensofficer.derry@gaa.ie
 Donegal  Mick McGrath  childrensofficer.donegal@gaa.ie
Down  Clare Murnin  childrensofficer.down@gaa.ie
 Fermanagh  Finola Owens  childrensofficer.fermanagh@gaa.ie
 Monaghan  John McArdle  childrensofficer.monaghan@gaa.ie
 Tyrone  Adrian Nugent  childrensofficer.tyrone@gaa.ie


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