Child Welfare

Child Welfare

At Drumgoon Eire Og GAA Club we want our underage players to benefit from and participate in our Gaelic Games in a SAFE and ENJOYABLE environment where our games are conducted in a spirit of FAIR PLAY. With this aim in mind, we ensure that all club activities are carried out in accordance with the guidance detailed in the GAA Code of Behaviour, the latest version of which can be accessed below.
All children and young people have an equal right to attend a service that respects them as individuals and encourages them to reach their potential, regardless of their background.
We are committed to upholding the rights of every child and young person who attends our club, including the right to be safe and protected from harm, to be listened to and to be heard.

GAA Code of Behaviour

In addition to these guidelines we as a club also ensure the following:

  • All training sessions which involve young people (under the age of 18) are carried out under the supervision of fully vetted and GAA qualified coaches.
  • A minimum of 2 fully vetted coaches must be at all training sessions / matches in order for them to proceed. If there is a girl involved with any of the teams (Under 6 to Under 12), a female adult must also be in attendance.
  • Coaches are fully briefed on the standards required of them to comply with current best practice when working with children.
  • All coaches will have completed their Safeguarding 1 as well as Coaching and Garda Vetting.

Drumgoon GAA Safeguarding Statement 2023

Drumgoon GAA Anti Bullying Statement 

Drumgoon LGFA Safeguarding Statement 2023

Drumgoon LGFA Anti Bullying Statement 

Drumgoon Camogie Safe Guarding Statement 

Drumgoon Camogie Anti Bullying Statement 2023

Complaints Procedure

In the event that any child, or their parent(s), is unhappy with any aspect of their time spent involved with Drumgoon Eire Og GAA Club there is a procedure in place to allow them to put forward any issue they may have and have it dealt with in a fair and impartial manner. The first point of contact for anyone who has any issue which they feel they would like addressed should be with the clubs Children’s Officer. 

Club’s Children’s Officers

The club’s Children’s Officers are

GAA Eadaoin Fox 

LGFA Maria Lynch

Camogie:- Mary Bannon

Eadaoin Fox
GAA Children’s Officer
Mary Bannon
Camogie Children’s Officer
Maria Lynch
LGFA Children’s Officer

The role of the Children’s Officer within the club is to ensure the day to day implementation of child welfare policies and procedures issued by the GAA. They are also the primary point of contact for assisting with Garda Vetting and accessing Safeguarding courses for new coaches or those requiring updating.

GAA Designated Liaison Officer LGFA Designated Liaison Officer

Roseanna Clarke, Phone  087-610 6575
Football, Designated Liaison Officer
Camogie Designated Liaison Officer
Rosaleen Fox, Phone 087-2971569

The Designated Liaison Officer is responsible at the initial stage for dealing with any concerns relating to the possible abuse of children as reported or made known to them.

The Gaelic Games Associations must always ensure that we are vigilant and constantly aware as to the potential for harm that may come to a child when they are attending or participating in our games, training, or other activities. Members and parents should be aware that we have adopted excellent safeguarding polices, codes, guidelines, training, and other practices that address the risk of harm.  It is important to note that the risk in this context relates to the risk of harm and not general health and safety risks.

Suggestions and feedback as to how we can improve young people’s experience as a member of Drumgoon Eire Og GAA club is always welcome!

Garda Vetting

It is the policy of Drumgoon Eire Og GAA Club that all training sessions are overseen by fully qualified and appropriately vetted club personnel. If you are interested in helping out with any team in our club, please contact the Childrens Officer for the relevant association, who will guide you through the GAA vetting process. 

Re-vetting in the GAA

Vetting in the GAA is for a three-year period. If you are required to be re-vetted then you must complete a new application by completing Steps 1 to 3.

How can you be vetted through the GAA?

The GAA Vetting System is now part of Foireann.

Step 1 Logging in to Foireann

You will need to create an account to begin the vetting process. Log in to Foireann

You will need to select the Club association that you are a member of and wish to be vetted under. Your Club will then approve your membership.

If you have an account already or have difficulties in creating an account please contact Logging into Foireann – Gaelic Athletic Association

Step 2 Gaelic Games Vetting Invitation Form

Click here for guidance on how to complete Gaelic Games Vetting Invitation Form

Once you have logged into your account on Foireann please click on the Qualifications and Vetting tab and then click Apply to be Vetted. Please ensure your current details on your profile are correct. Please then select your Club and or Association you wish to be vetted for and the role you are applying for vetting. A list of roles can be found here.

It is a requirement by the Garda National Vetting Bureau that an individual seeking vetting is validated that the individual is who they say they are. Therefore, you must provide proof of your identity to be vetted. You must complete this requirement at the initial step of your application, failure to do so will see your application rejected.

It is now a requirement to upload a copy or screenshot of your Photo ID (passport or drivers’ licence) and a proof of your current address in the form of a Utility Bill (no more than 6 months old). You are also required to print and sign the Gaelic Game Vetting ID Validation Form and upload this a part of your vetting application. The full list of documents which are accepted for verification can be found here

Your Club Children’s Officer will then check your ID Documentation and your signed Gaelic Games Vetting ID Validation Form. If the documents are correct your application will be validated by your Club Children’s Officer and submitted to the GAA. If the documents are not correct your Club Children’s Officer will reject your application and you will be required to upload the correct documentation.

Please click here on how a Club Childrens Officer review the Gaelic Games Vetting Invitation Form

Step 3 Completing the National Vetting Bureau EVetting Application form

Once you complete the Gaelic Games Invitation Form the information provided is forwarded to the NVB by the GAA and you will receive an on-line NVB Vetting Form to complete. Please do not contact the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) regarding your application as they are unable to deal with individual requests from GAA applicants. If you have a query regarding your application, please contact the GAA and not the National Vetting Bureau.

The NVB will issue you with the NVB Vetting Application form. This will be issued to the email address you provided in your Gaelic Games Invitation Form.

Completing this form is a confidential matter between you and the NVB. All sections of the form including current and previous addresses, email address and contact telephone numbers, information on convictions and prosecutions (if any), plus other information will be required when completing the form.

Please ensure that if you have lived in an address in Northern Ireland that you enter the Postcode for the address.

Once all sections of the form have been answered this then completes your application process for E Vetting in the GAA and within a short period of time you shall be contacted by the GAA to informing you as to the outcome of the vetting application.

You and your Club Children’s Officer will be notified when the vetting process has been completed.

A person must be in receipt of a vetting acceptance letter before the person can commence their role.

Each of the three Gaelic Games Associations recognise each others vetting.

All GAA Vetting queries should be forwarded to

Revetting in the GAA

Vetting in the GAA is for a three-year period. If you are required to be revetted then you must complete a new application by completing Steps 1 to 3.