Child Safeguarding Statement


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

Harold’s Cross YFC is committed to safeguarding children and by working under the guidance of FAI Safeguarding Policies our staff, both volunteers and employed working with our young people, seek to
create a safe environment for young people to grow and develop.

Harold’s Cross YFC 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 —

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.

Harold’s Cross YFC 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 Mandated person for Harold’s Cross YFC is Robbie Delaney.

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 10/2/2021