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2012 Juvenile Committee
Chairperson: Dermot Downey
Vice-Chairperson: Bernard O'Hare
Secretary: Joe Groome
Assistant Secretary: Siobhan Downey
Treasurer: Bernadette Gavagan
Assistant Treasurer: James Corcoran
 
Committee:
Edmund Curtis, Ollie Gore, Susan Gore, Robbie Kealy, James Kealy, Tom McGuinness, Ciaran Mongey, Rosemary Matthews, plus all team members.
 

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

CONTENTS
1.Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct Statement of Commitment
2.Who must comply with this Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct
3.Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct
            Specific standards of behavior
            Management committee
            Coaches/service providers
            Parents/guardians
            Footballers
            Volunteers
            Spectators

4.Child Abuse Indicators

5.Procedures for handling disclosures

6.Policy implementation

1.Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct Statement of Commitment
Rathkenny juvenile club (RJC) believes that we have the right to feel safe all the time and believes that there is nothing so bad we cannot talk about it with someone.
RJC is committed to providing an environment that is safe for all involved.
This Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct provides a message to all involved both directly and indirectly with RJC that, managers, coaches, officials, parents, volunteers and all other personnel have a responsibility to provide a safe environment to those children within the club. This code of conduct is intended to ensure each RJC member and their families will be proud of their involvement and association with our club. Children are defined as those under the age of 18 years as per the child protection act.
2.Who Must Comply with this Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct

Management Committee Members
Volunteers - Coaches/Referees/Officials
Parents/Guardians
Children and Young People
Members
Spectators

3.Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct
The Management Committee of RJC intends this Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct to be used in relation of all activities organized and facilitated by the RJC.
As a RJC volunteer, footballer, parent or spectator you should meet the following standard of conduct:

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others.
Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealings with others.
Be professional in, and accept responsibility for, your actions
Make a commitment to providing a quality service

RJC expects all Management Committee members, volunteers, footballers, parents and spectators to abide by this Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct, which upholds the philosophy and values of the organization. They should recognize that at all times they have a responsibility, and a duty of care to others.

Specifically, they should:

Refrain from any form of abuse towards others
Refrain from any form of harassment towards others
Refrain from any form of discrimination towards others
Be a positive role model

Other specific standards include:

LANGUAGE

DO communicate, both verbally and non-verbally, in a way which models and demonstrates respect for all children and young people
DO use appropriate language taking into consideration age
DO ensure both verbal and non-verbal communication are non-abusive or bullying
DON’T have a conversation containing adult content in front of children

RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUNG PEOPLE

DO behave in a way which models and demonstrates respect for the rights, interest and wellbeing of all children and young people
DO dress appropriately while working with children and young people, in a way which models respect for the child or young person
DON’T spend inappropriate time with a child or young person

PHYSICAL CONTACT

DO respect the personal space of children and young people and limit physical contact generally
DO limit hugging when initiated by a child or young person by changing from a frontal hug to an arm around the shoulder of the child or the young person
DON’T allow a child to sit on your lap

Management Committee

Place the safety and well being of all participants above else
Create pathways and build the atmosphere for children to participate, enjoy, be encouraged, improve and achieve their goals in the sport of football
Give all young people equal opportunity to participate
Remember to set an example. Your behavior and comments should be positive and supportive 

Coaches

Agree to abide by the code of conduct
Maintain a ‘duty of care’ towards others and accountability for matters relating to all RJC activities
Ensure that the time footballer’s spend with you is a positive experience. All young people are deserving of equal attention and opportunities
Provide a safe environment
Display control, respect and professionalism to all involved in the in the sport of football

Parents/Guardians

Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours
Focus on your child’s efforts and performance rather than whether they win or lose
Supervise your child/children at all times or nominate another adult to do so
Encourage your child to participate, do not force them, and acknowledge their efforts
Use appropriate communication - verbal and non verbal - at all times. Do not use inappropriate communication e.g. yelling, humiliating or swearing at your child or another child
Respect fellow members and teach your child to do so too

Footballers

Participate for your OWN enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents or coaches
Co-operate with your coach, team mates, opponents and officials
Work equally hard for yourself and your team. You will benefit and so will your team.
Be proud to be called a RJC member
Do not bully a fellow player or opponent in any way

Volunteers and Officials

Place the safety, welfare and well being of all participants above all else
Compliment and encourage all participants
Be consistent, objective and courteous when making decisions
Be a good sport yourself. Actions speak louder than words
Use appropriate communication - verbal and non verbal - at all times. Do not use inappropriate communication e.g. yelling, humiliating or swearing at your child or another adult

Spectators

Remember, the children participate in sport for their enjoyment and benefit, not yours
Encourage children to participate - don’t force them
Encourage children to participate according to the rules
Remember that children learn best by example
Do not use foul language, sledge or harass other footballers or coaches

4.Child Abuse Indicators
Suspicions of child abuse and or neglect can be raised in a number of ways.
Physical abuse:

Bruising or other injuries which could be consistent with rough handling or being struck. Particularly linear type bruises to the face and body

Neglect

Consistent hunger, poor hygiene, inappropriate dress
Children being left late with little or no explanation

Sexual abuse

Aggressive acting out
Bizarre, sophisticated or unusual sexual behavior or knowledge

5.Procedures for handling disclosures
If a child discloses to a member that they are the victim of abuse and/or neglect it is crucial that the initial response is handled with sensitivity. It is important that the person receiving the disclosure:

Find a private place to talk to the child that is non threatening.

Not say to the child ‘I won’t tell’ with regard to the allegations. Rather to be honest with the child and explain to them that other people may need to be told in order to help the child
believe the child and reassure them that it is right to tell

6.Policy implementation
This Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct shall be effective from the first date of training. It shall be promoted through the club website: www.rathkenny.gaa.ie