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Safeguarding Training

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.

We do in partnership with dedicated volunteers at Club, County, Provincial and National levels and with the cooperation and support of an equally dedicated cohort of staff all of whom are committed to the safeguarding of children and young people in our Association. Equally, the role that parents have to play in ensuring we adhere to our good practice guidelines assists us in achieving this aim.

Child Safeguarding Training is highlighted in Children First as being mandatory and is required for the level of child safeguarding engagement one has in the Association.

The GAA have three levels of Child Safeguarding Training now in place in our Association and attendance is dependent on what role a person may have in relation to children. All training is delivered in workshop format and all are of three hours duration each and are endorsed by agreement with Sport Ireland.

Safeguarding 1 - Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshops relevant to coaches and others who work in a regulated role with children in the Association Please see Safeguarding Tutors for a list of tutors in your County who deliver this workshop.

Safeguarding 2 – Club Children’s Officer Training for Club Children’s Officer
Please contact your County Children’s Officer for dates for this workshop.

Safeguarding 3 – Designated Liaison Person Training for DLPS in Clubs
Please contact your County Children’s Officer for dates for this workshop.

Online Safeguarding 1 Refresher
The Gaelic Athletic Association recently developed an Online Safeguarding 1 Refresher programme for those who previously attended a face to face Safeguarding 1 workshop. This programme can only be completed if you have attended a face to face Safeguarding 1 workshop within the last three years.

The online refresher may also be availed of by those who have attended relevant safeguarding training with other sports NGBs or Local LSPs.

You can avail of the Online Safeguarding 1 Refresher here.

The Gaelic Games Associations’ recently launched the Safeguarding Training Policy which outlines the three levels of training and depending on your role with children in the Association what training you are required to attend.

The Safeguarding Training Policy is available on the downloads section on this page.

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