It goes without saying that without people being willing to give up their time to train and run teams we wouldn’t be in a position to run our club. The club appreciates and acknowledges the commitment of all those involved and will at all times use its best endeavours to ensure that all reasonable support and assistance is provided to managers/coaches. It is vital that our managers/coaches act as good role models at all times and that their first priority will be their players safety and enjoyment of the game.
The purpose of having a child protection policy (in addition to any statutory requirements) is to establish and clearly express the standards required from all those involved in the game. The ethical standards referred to include values such as integrity, responsibility, equality and fair play.
Given the nature of activities undertaken and the diverse nature of our club it is important to stress that much of this policy is in the form of guidelines which may have to be interpreted in different sets of circumstances. The club has produced coaching guidelines which should be applied having regard to the overriding necessity to apply the code of ethics/child protection policies of the club and the FAI.
Parents must be at all times conscious of the vital role that they exercise in promoting their child’s participation in sport. Parents expectations and behaviour have a crucial bearing on how their child participates and shapes their sense of how to engage with their peers and adults involved in all aspects of the game. Parents can show good example by:-
The Club is conscious of its role in the overall development of our members and how children’s experience in sport will shape their values and attitudes in adult life. The Club tries to encourage the enjoyment and personal achievement of the individual with the benefit of greater skill and physical fitness which will in turn lead to higher self esteem and improved social skills. This will be different and change over time depending on the age of the child but, a positive attitude over the time of involvement with the Club will be required to maximise all these benefits.
Everyone involved in the Club should familiarise themselves with the Club’s policies in regard to child protection. Children are very astute and can quickly pick up on any inappropriate actions and emulate them. Adults must at all times try to show good example and be role models where appropriate. Any adult who witnesses inappropriate behaviour should intervene if the situation warrants it or report it to the Committee as soon as possible.
Children should understand that their parents and all those working in the game on a voluntary basis do so for their enjoyment and must respect them for this. In order for all children to participate and gain most from sport children must:-
Fiona Banim – Child Protection Officer NAAS AFC