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Child Safeguarding

Handball is a fast paced, highly skillful, hugely entertaining, and fully inclusive sport.

Organising a Child Safeguarding Course:

The Child Safeguarding workshops are for all five Associations. Clubs can contact a tutor directly if they have the numbers 10-12 minimum. 20 is the max on a workshops. Clubs may also come together to run a workshops. Please see link for a list of tutors

Safeguarding Tutors

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Code of Behaviour:

GAA Handball and its sister organisations have launched an online version of Our Games - Our Code, the joint Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport. This Code has been agreed between the GAA, LGFA, Camogie, GAA Handball & GAA Rounders.

The Code replaces all previous Codes and is a mandatory Code of Best Practice for all Gaelic Games Associations in our work with underage players. It is a comprehensive good practice guidance publication and we are anxious that as many players, coaches, parents and other Club personnel have immediate access to its contents.

The Code is also available in disc format (not printed) form the National Children's Office. For more information or a disc, please contact the GAA National Children's Officer, Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichíl at 01-8363222 or nationalchildrensofficer@gaa.ie.

GAA Handball is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people who wish to participate in our Gaelic Games and activities. We will take all practicable steps to protect them from discernable forms of abuse - from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and shall respect their rights, wishes and feelings.

We do this by:

  • Recognising that all children have the right to be protected from harm.
  • Ensuring that all of our coaches and volunteers are carefully recruited and selected and that they accept responsibility for ensuring the wellbeing of children in their care.
  • Responding swiftly and appropriately to protect the welfare of children who participate in our games and related activities.
  • Providing parents and children with the opportunity to voice any concerns that they may have.
  • Working with the National Children's Officer and the various Children's Officers at all levels in the GAA.
  • Ensuring that all allegations of abuse of young people are confidentially dealt with in accordance with the Association's Guidelines for Dealing with Allegations of Abuse (Fourth Edition 2009) and with statutory guidelines and relevant legislation.
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of our Child Protection procedures and policies on an ongoing basis. Ensuring that members, coaches, team mentors, administrators, parents/guardians and spectators sign up to and adhere to our Code of Behaviour.

For further information and resources, see below link.

More Info

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GAA Handball Code of Behaviour Poster:

To receive a hardcopy of the below poster please email pauric.dowdall.handball@gaa.ie. Alternatively click on postercode_of_behaviour_poster(handball)-compressed.pdf  for a PDF version.