Child Protection and Welfare Policy

Youghal Rugby Football Club

Child Protection and Welfare Policy

Club Policy and Procedures

Youghal Rugby Football Club Limited (“the Club”) is committed to ensuring that all necessary steps will be taken to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people who participate in rugby. This policy document clearly
demonstrates the importance placed by the Club on the
protection and safety of children and young people.

This Child Protection and Welfare Policy is informed by:
Legislation:
The Child Care Act 1991
The Protection for Persons Reporting Abuse Act 1998
International Conventions:
UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child 1989 (Adopted by Ireland Sept.
1992)
European Convention on Human Rights
Council of Europe Sports Ethics 1993
Government Guidelines:
Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children’s Sport in Ireland 1996
Children First 1999 National Guidelines for the Protection & Welfare of
Children in Ireland
Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children’s Sport (Irish Sport’s Council
2000)

All children and young people* who participate should be able to
do so in a safe and enjoyable environment. While doing so they should be
protected from any form of abuse be it physical, emotional, sexual,
neglect or bullying. The responsibility for protecting children lies with all
adults involved.

The Club recognises and accepts its responsibility to safeguard
the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from
physical, emotional or sexual harm and from neglect or bullying.
Clear policies, practices and procedures in addition to relevant training
programmes will ensure that everyone in the Club knows
exactly what is expected of them in relation to protecting children and
young people.

It is vital that children and young people who participate in Club
activities are able to do so in a safe, enjoyable, quality and a
fun environment.

In pursuit of this goal the Club will:

Advise all members of the Club (coaches, players, parents
and spectators) of their responsibilities in relation to the welfare and
protection of children and young people who participate.

Appoint a Club Children’s Officer.

Provide a child protection and welfare module in staff induction and
development programmes.

The aims of the Clubs’ Child Protection Policy are:

To develop a positive and pro-active position in order to best protect all
children and young people who participate, in order for them to
do so in a safe and enjoyable environment.

To provide appropriate guidance and advice to all club members (players,
coaches, volunteers, spectators and parents) in all matters concerning
child welfare and protection.

To demonstrate best practice in the area of child welfare and protection.
To promote ethics and best practice standards.

The key principles underpinning this policy are that:

The welfare of the child is the first and paramount consideration.

All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse of
any kind regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language,
racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual identity.

All suspicions and allegations of abuse/poor practice will be taken
seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately. It is essential that
we work in partnership with children and young people and their
parents/carers. Health Boards have a statutory responsibility to safeguard
and protect the welfare of children and the Club is committed
to cooperating fully with them in accordance with procedures as outlined in
“Children First” National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of
Children.

The Club will cooperate fully with the Gardaí and Health Boards
in any investigation of child abuse.

(* – Children are defined in Irish Law as being any person under 18 years of age.)