All our coaches are qualified, active and experienced in coaching young children. They are all Garda-vetted through the National Youth Council of Ireland under the lead Reference Number 14/173360.
All our coaches have also attended the Irish Sports Council’s Child Protection Awareness Workshops and are trained and equipped in administering First Aid.
Child Protection Policy
Concern for the welfare and well-being of all children under our care is central to the principles of Fun Direction. This is of paramount importance in developing the girls who participate in our activities. We recognise the trust that parents and guardians place in us while their girls are in our care. In line with best practice, our coaches have a duty to report any concerns they have about the possible abuse of children to the Designated Person. The definition of child abuse includes neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse. We will provide guidance to anyone who makes a report of suspected abuse and they will be fully supported when voicing those concerns. We have adopted the Irish Sports Council’s Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport, details of which you can find here.
Guidance to Promote Good Practice
We have adopted the following guidelines which are designed to reduce situations which could lead to the abuse of children as well as attempting to protect those working with children:
- Where possible, we try to have two adults present at all our activities.
- Our coaches always work with the children in the open and public view.
- All children should arrive dressed to participate and must be able to use the toilets without assistance.
- Ensure that each child is collected from our activities by a parent or nominated guardian.
All participants in our activities must understand that bullying will not be tolerated and where confronted with a possible case of bullying, our coaches must be prepared to:
- Take the problem seriously.
- Investigate the incident.
- Talk to the alleged bully and victim separately.
Where a case of bullying is deemed to have taken place, our coaches will decide an appropriate course of action along the following lines:
- Obtain an apology from the bully to the victim.
- Inform parents of the bully.
- Encourage and support the bully to change their behaviour.
- Impose sanctions against the bully up to and including dismissal from activities.
We encourage parents to work with us to educate the girls to respect their team mates, opponents and coaches and value participation above winning. The number one reason kids play sport is to have fun and it’s our priority to meet that objective while facilitating all girls to develop their skills, make friends and learn the value of always giving your best effort.