Club Documents

Charleville AFC Child Safeguarding Statement 14th September 2020

Charleville AFC in accordance with the FAI Rulebook, FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy, other FAI policies, procedures and our legislative requirements have agreed this Child Safeguarding Statement which is binding on all members. Charleville AFC is a football club operating on a Local scale Providing sporting activities and opportunities for children and young people through participation in clubs.  Charleville AFC offers sporting activities to children and young people from the age of 5 years, Charleville AFC recruits over 24 volunteers with over 200 participants. Charleville AFC is committed to safeguarding children and by working under the guidance of our Safeguarding Policies and procedures, our staff, both volunteers and employed working with our children and young people, throughout the Association, we seek to create a safe and fun environment for children and young people to participate in their sport.
Principles to Safeguard Children from Harm

This statement recognises that in accordance with legislation and the requirements of FAI Rulebook, FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy, other FAI policies and procedures that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. Charleville AFC  is established on a number of core principles:

– the needs of the Child, integrity and respect, environment, equality, fair play, welfare and safety in football. These underlying principles underpin our rules, policies and procedures to ensure that when Children participate in our activities, they do so, as far as is practicable, in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Risk Assessment

In preparing this statement the Charleville AFC have completed a Risk Assessment of the potential risk of harm to children when they are participating in any of our games and attending our activities. The risks were reviewed under the following headings; Club and Coaching Practices; Complaints & Discipline; Reporting Procedures; Use of Facilities; Recruitment; Communications; and General Risk of Harm. The Risk Assessment was undertaken in April 2020. The table below lists the area of Risk identified and the list of procedures and policies for managing these risks

Risk Identified Procedures/Policies in place QR Code shortcut
Risk of harm including assault, ill treatment or neglect of a child in a manner that seriously affects or is likely to seriously affect the child’s health, development or welfare or sexual abuse of child
  • FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy
  • FAI Concern-Complaint policy
  • FAI Rulebook
  • Safeguarding training
1.FAI Child Welfare & Safeguarding Policy 
Risk of harm of abuse when hosting an activity and or an away trip FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy

FAI Concern-Complaint policy

Safeguarding training

2. FAI Concern-Complaint Policy
Risk of harm of online abuse through social media FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy

FAI Social Media policy

3. FAI Social Media Policy
Bullying of a child FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy

FAI Concern-Complaint policy

FAI Social Media policy

4. FAI Rulebook
Charlevile AFC’s Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, (the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of

Children (2017), and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice).

The Charleville AFC has the following procedures in place as part of our Safeguarding Policies:

  • Procedures for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct by staff or volunteers against a child availing of our activities;
  • Procedures for the safe recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers to work with children in our activities;
  • Procedures for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm;
  • Procedure for reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Statutory Authorities;
  • Procedures for maintaining a list of the persons in the relevant service who are mandated;
  • Procedure for appointing a relevant person.
All procedures/policies listed are available on request. FAI Policies and the FAI Rulebook are available on www.fai.ie/domestic  and http://www.charlevilleafc.com/club-documents/ 
The Mandated person for the club is Kirsten Pakes of the FAI and the Designated Liaison person for Charleville AFC is Kevin Buckley Phone 087-6789447 cafcchairman@gmail.com
Charleville AFC recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our football club is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the accompanying child welfare and safeguarding policies and procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while participating in our activities. This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on April 2022 or as soon as practicable after there has been material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

This statement has been published on our website http://www.charlevilleafc.com/club-documents/  and displayed on our notice board in our clubhouse.

It has been provided to all staff, volunteers and any other persons involved with the service. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla and members of the public if requested.

Signed: Kevin Buckley Chairman                                                  

Date:  3rd September 2020

For further information on this Child Safeguarding Statement, please contact;

Eileen Quealey O’Connell, Charleville AFC Child Welfare Officer   0868539258    charlevilleafc@yahoo.com

FAI child welfare and safeguarding policy
FAI concern complaint policy
FAI social media policy
FAI rule book

Child Safeguarding Statement May 2020

The FAI provides various sporting activities and opportunities for young people through participation in clubs, regional/provincial events and through our national teams.

Charleville AFC is committed to safeguarding children and by working under the guidance of our FAI Safeguarding Policies our staff, both volunteers and employed, working with our young people, throughout the organisation, seek to create a safe environment for young people to grow and develop.

Charleville AFC written Risk Assessment document indicates the areas of potential risk of harm, the likelihood of the risk occurring, and gives the required policy, guidance or process documents require to alleviate these risks.The list of risks identified are contained in the following categories: Club and Coaching Practices; Complaints & Discipline; Reporting Procedures; Use of Facilities; Recruitment; Communications; and General Risk of Harm.

The Risk Assessment was undertaken on April 29th 2020

Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, (the Children First: National Guidance, and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice). In addition to our Risk Assessment document described above, there are further procedures that support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our activities.

Charleville AFC has the following procedures in place as part of our Safeguarding Policies:

  • Procedures for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct by staff or volunteers against a child availing of our activities
  • Procedures for the safe recruitment of staff and volunteers to work with children in our activities
  • Procedures for access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm
  • Procedure for reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Statutory Authorities

The Mandated person for the FAI is James Geraghty.

We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our Club is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our activities.

The designated Liaison Person for Charleville AFC is;

Kevin Buckley 087-6789447 cafcchairman@gmail.com

This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on April 29th 2022

Signed:   Eileen Quealey O’Connell Child Welfare Officer

Date: April 29th 2020

(On behalf of the Charleville AFC)

Name: Eileen Quealey O’Connell                  Phone: 0868539258

For queries on this Child Safeguarding Statement, please contact James Geraghty, james.geraghty@fai.ie

Social Networking Statement issued by Charleville AFC

SEASON 2020-21

Charleville AFC would like to bring the statement below to your attention and to the attention of any participants (Players/Managers/Club Members etc.) to avoid any potential issues arising relating to the use of Social Networking, as a number of charges have been raised both locally and nationally against many participants of the game due to comments being placed on Social Networking Sites such as Forums, Facebook, Twitter etc.

  • All comments on social networking sites may be considered public comment by The FAI.
  • Any comments which are improper, bring the game into disrepute or are threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting may lead to disciplinary action.
  • Comments about match officials which imply bias, attack the officials’ integrity or are overly personal in nature are considered improper
  • Comments which include a reference to a person’s ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability may be considered aggravated and attract a higher disciplinary sanction.

Football Forums

Charleville AFC would like to make it very clear that they do not have any connection with any Social Media Football Forums and that any comments on such forums are not the views of the club. If club supporters wish to participate in such forums participants are required to act in the best interest of the game at all times and should be aware that their postings on social networking sites are likely to be subject to public and media scrutiny.

CHARLEVILLE AFC