Child Safety

One of Irelands Largest American Football Clubs

Please find our Child Safe Guarding Statement and Safeguarding Procedures below.

The South Dublin Panthers are committed to safeguard the children in our care and to provide a safe environment to play, learn and develop.

We believe that the welfare of the children attending our service is paramount.

We are committed to child-centred practice in all our work with children.

We are committed to upholding the rights of every child and young person who attends our training, matches or events, including the rights to be kept safe and protected from harm, listened to, and heard.

Our policy and procedures to safeguard children and young people reflect national policy and legislation and are underpinned by Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017, the Tusla Children First – Child Safeguarding Guide 2017, and the Children First Act 2015.

Our policy declaration applies to all coaches, volunteers and board members within our organisation.

All board members, coaching staff and volunteers must abide by the policies, procedures and guidance encompassed by this policy declaration and our child safeguarding policy and accompanying procedures.

We will review our child safeguarding statement and accompanying child safeguarding policies and procedures every 2 years, or sooner if necessary, due to service issues or changes in legislation or national policy

Risk Assessment

We have carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while availing of our services including the area of online safety when accessing the internet. Below is a list of the areas of risk identified and the list of procedures for managing these risks.

 Risk identifiedProcedure in place to manage identified risk
1Lone workingAt least two vetted coaches attend each event
2Potential injuryA first aid trained coach will attend practice & games

Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice. In addition to the procedures listed in our risk assessment, the following procedures support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our service:

  • Procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct against workers/volunteers of a child availing of our service;
  • Procedure for the safe recruitment and selection of coaches and volunteers to work with children;
  • Procedure for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm;
  • Procedure for the reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Tusla;
  • Procedure for maintaining a list of the persons (if any) in the relevant service who are mandated persons;
  • Procedure for appointing a relevant person.

All procedures listed are available upon request.

We recognise that implementation is an on-going process. Our service 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 service.

This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed during Q4 2023, or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

Alan Barnewell, General Manager

For queries, please contact Jacopo Cecchini, Relevant Person under the Children First Act 2015.

The South Dublin Panthers are committed to the safeguarding of children through the following processes:

  • Comprehensive recruitment, vetting, induction and performance management processes for all coaches and volunteers.
  • Comprehensive training programmes which all coaches are required to attend.
  • Clearly defined and communicated standards of service provision.
  • Safety management policies are in place and all staff are briefed on any change in them.

These include but are not limited to :

  • Child safeguarding policy and training, including code of conduct for coaches and volunteers
  • Incident reporting and reviewing process
  • Lone working policies and procedures.
  • All staff and volunteers will receive safeguarding training appropriate for their role.

Training will be updated and reviewed regularly for coaches and volunteers, and in line with national guidance and changing legislation. What this training will include:

  1. A basic awareness and understanding of safeguarding issues and roles within organisation/club.
  2. Establishing minimum standards of best practice and codes of conduct.
  3. Exercises to identify, respond and report concerns.
  4. Signposting for further information and sources of support.

The Panthers are committed to following the guidelines of An Garda Síochána, Sport Ireland and American Football Ireland