Child Safeguarding

The Gaelic Athletic Association is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people who wish to participate in our Gaelic Games and activities. We will take all practicable steps to protect them from discernable forms of abuse - from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and shall respect their rights, wishes and feelings.  The Association and its sister organisations recently launched the online version of Code of Behaviour (Underage). This Code has been agreed between the GAA, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, the Camogie Association, GAA Handball Ireland and GAA Rounders.   

For more information click Child Welfare and Protection in Gaelic Games

In accordance with the law and Association policy, any volunteer in the GAA intending to work with children, must have completed the following:

 1. Garda vetting

 2. GAA Child Safeguarding 1

 3. The GAA foundation award at minimum

The Downs GAA: Garda Vetting/Child Protection/Foundation Level Coaching

Now that the Underage coaching season is fast approaching we wish to remind all volunteers that it is a mandatory requirement to be Garda Vetted, to have the necessary Child Protection Course completed and to have the basic Foundation Level coaching course completed in advance of any coaching activity.

Any Queries in relation to Garda Vetting or Child Protection please contact either of our Welfare Officers at clodagh.donohoe@gmail.com or Mary @ 0868304195.