Club Children’s Officer – Teresa Kealy – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Club Designated Officer – Adam Leadley
Club/Organisation Child Protection Officer:
She/he is the link between the children and the adults within the club and is responsible for monitoring and reporting to the Club Management Committee on how club policy impacts on young people and sports leaders.
The Club should choose an appropriate occasion or method of introduction to all club members especially the children in the club at the earliest possible time in the season. All club members should be aware of who their Child Protection Officer is and how to contact them if needs be. Adults should bring any child welfare concerns they may have to the Club Child Protection Officer or their Designated Person (see below).
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Club/Organisations Designated Person:
Every Club/Organisation should designate a person to be responsible for dealing with any concerns about the protection of children. The Club Designated Person is responsible for reporting allegations or suspicions of child abuse to the Health Services Executive or Social Services (In Northern Ireland) and/or An Garda Siochána/PSNI. It is recommended that this person is a Senior Club person. However, if it is difficult to identify a separate person for this role at club level, the Club Child Protection Officer can be both Child Protection Officer and the Club Designated person as long as they are clear on what is involved in each role.
The Designated Person should either have taken or should take the Code of Ethics course as discussed in the section above on Child Protection Officers.
Report any suspected abuse to your local HSE office during office hours or contact your local Garda Station outside of office hours. The HSE information line is Contact Tel: 1850 24 1850 – they will be able to provide you with local Social Workers contact details.
TUSLA, the Child and Family Protection Agency also offer their support services. You can contact them by visiting their website – http://www.tusla.ie/ – or by phone on +353-1-7718500.
The role of the Club/Organisations Designated Person: Download HERE