Club Child Welfare Officer
Phone: 086 8548359
Branch Child Welfare Officer
College Road, Galway
Phone: 091 536222
The executive of Carrick on Shannon RFC has adopted the Child Welfare Policy as produced by the I.R.F.U. All personnel working “regularly and continuously” with age grade players should submit to and follow this Safeguarding policy by successfully completing a Garda vetting and signing the Declaration for Intent. This policy defines roles and provides guidance to clubs and volunteers on child welfare issues while ensuring best practice in all rugby activities. The principles of this policy and the code of conduct should be adhered to at all times. If members or parents have any queries, please contact our club child welfare officer Maeve Lenehan.
All age grade volunteers (coaches/managers/referees and/or any team assistants) are to read the Safe guarding policy and after reading the document sign the Declaration of Intent page and hand it to the Club Child Welfare Officer for record keeping in the club.
Download IRFU Safeguarding Policy (.pdf version)
What to look for when you join a club
• Recruitment of leaders
• Child Welfare initiatives
• Safety and Best practice models in the club
• Adult to player ratios
• Training & playing schedule
• Selection, inclusion, playing and development
• Player registration and membership
• Codes of Conduct for players, coaches, spectators, parents and referees
What do we expect of our players?
• All players to be registered and to have their registration cards with them at matches
• Membership fees to be paid on time as part of the player insurance
• To be committed to the training and playing schedule of the club
• To have the right attitude towards training, playing, team mates, leaders, selection and representing the club
• To respect the Ethos, Laws of the Game and traditions of rugby
• To have the appropriate training and playing kit:
Club jersey/ shorts and sock and gum shield (properly fitted)
Jersey/ socks/ shorts/ gum shield – ensure kit is warm and safe (no zips/ strings or sharp edges etc.)
What do we expect of Leaders?
• Should be recruited through the club recruitment policy
• To go through relevant screening re: child welfare & vetting
• Be appropriately qualified
• Plan and prepare for matches & training sessions
• Be fair when dealing with players and particularly when dealing with selection and inclusion issues
• Set the right example and be approachable at all times
What do we expect of parents?
• Always support your child in his/her efforts – don’t let your ambitions rule their experience
• Ensure your child(ren) have required kit whether training or playing
• Attend matches and training as much as possible
• Volunteer to assist the club when available
• Ensure you and your child are on time for sessions/ matches and especially when collecting your child after such events
• Respect the club and volunteer efforts – join the club!
• Adhere to the Code of Conduct of the club
What is expected of clubs?
• Have a policy on child welfare, recruitment, best practice, selection, training and fixtures
• Ensure adherence to all Codes of Conduct
• Ensure all coaches are appropriately qualified
• Appoint a Child Welfare Officer and ensure access for appropriate training
• Committees (youth and mini) to meet regularly to ensure adherence to all club policies
• Strive to create a safe environment for all rugby activities
The value of a Child Welfare Policy
• Sets policies to ensure enjoyment; inclusion and fair play
• Promotes properly recruited and qualified coaches
• Allows the appointment of Child Welfare Officers to represent the interest of the players
• Supports the policies and initiatives regarding child awareness and children in sport
• Recognises the importance of the player registration scheme
• Highlights the Codes of Conduct
• Encourages respect and dignity for all participants
• Supports sportsmanship and fair play
Sport can contribute positively to an age-grade player’s mental health, helping them to feel good about themselves and cope with everyday pressures in their lives. Our club aims to provide a positive experience reflecting positives values such as fun, inclusion and fair play. www.irishrugby.ie/downloads/Mental_Well-Being.pdf
Bullying is repeated aggression, be it verbal, physical or psychological, by an individual or group against others, which causes significant harm to the victim(s). It is intentional, aggravating and intimidating. Carrick on Shannon RFC will not tolerate any forms of bullying and any indications or poor practice will be tackled early and corrected. Incidents should be reported to the CWO and will be dealt with immediately.
Abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and sexual abuse as described in the IRFU Safeguarding Policy. Any complaints or suspicions of abuse should be reported to our CWO who will deal with all matters in a sensitive and competent manner and reasonable steps will be taken to protect age grade players at all times.