Code of Behaviour (Underage)
This is the link to the newly launched GAA Code of Behaviour (Underage)
There is now a major emphasis on the Code of Behaviour for the commencement of the new Club year and we ask all Club Children’s Officers to be familiar with the contents of the Code and encourage the Club to upload it, without amendment, to each Club websites.
It includes GAA policies on Social Media, Anti-Bullying, Travel and other relevant information in the area of Child Protection and Safeguarding. There is no need whatsoever for a Club to go writing their own Code. This Code has been agreed between each of the Gaelic Games Associations and that is the Code as referred to in rule.
If a case is taken regarding a breach of a Club Code as opposed to the Gaelic Games Associations’ Code it cannot be taken as per the guidance for Dealing with Breaches of the Code of Behaviour as that document is drafted solely in the context of the Gaelic Games Associations’ Code.
The revised Code also contains a new legally proofed Child/Youth Membership form, the contents of which Clubs are advised to use in 2019. It is Appendix 1 of the Code page 62
Any changes to the Code during the year will appear on www.gaa.ie through the above link.
Vetting list updates
By now an up to date vetting list has been sent to all clubs by the county secretary. If a club has not received it please contact the county secretary.
The list contains a full account of all persons vetted in your Club since May 2016 , when e-vetting commenced. Please ensure that under GDPR this information is only given out on a need to know basis.
As no decision has been made to enact the re-vetting section of the Vetting Bureau legislation Act, as of yet, we encourage any person who has yet to be vetted under the e-vetting system to do so commencing 2019. This will eventually bring us all into line with one agreed and traceable system. This will be highlighted in a forthcoming GAA Club Newsletter.
The following is the link to GAA E vetting which each club must fill out to begin the vetting process for members who have not been vetted to date:
A list of all those Safeguarded in clubs to date will issue soon and will be sent out to all clubs. If your club still needs to have members Safeguarded please arrange to run a course in your club. This is now compulsory for all who work with underage.