child safeguarding statement
The FAI provides various sporting activities and opportunities for young people through participation in clubs, regional / provincial events and through our national teams.
Drogheda United is committed to safeguarding children and by working under the guidance of the 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.
Drogheda United’s 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 7th February 2020.
Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015. 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.
Drogheda United 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 Kirsten Pakes.
The Club Designated Liaison Person is Conor Hoey.
The Club Child Welfare Officer is Sandra McAuley.
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. This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on 31st January 2021.
For further information on this Child Safeguarding Statement, please contact the Club Child Welfare Officer Sandra McAuley.