Child Safeguarding Statement

Gorey Celtic Football Club in accordance with the FAI Rulebook, FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy, other FAI policies, procedures and our legislative requirements have agreed this Child Safeguarding Statement which is binding on all members. Gorey Celtic FC is a football club operating on a local scale Providing sporting activities and opportunities for children and young people through participation in clubs. The club offers sporting activities to children and young people from the age of 4. The Club recruits over 20 volunteers with over 200 participants. The club is committed to safeguarding children and by working under the guidance of our Safeguarding Policies and procedures, our staff, both volunteers and employed working with our children and young people, throughout the Association, seek to create a safe and fun environment for children and young people to participate in their sport.

Principles to Safeguard Children from Harm

This statement recognises that in accordance with legislation and the requirements of FAI Rulebook, FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy, other FAI policies and procedures that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. The club is established on a number of core principles:
– the needs of the Child, integrity and respect, environment, equality, fair play, welfare and safety in football. These underlying principles underpin our rules, policies and procedures to ensure that when Children participating in our activities, they do so, as far as is practicable, in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Risk Assessment

In preparing this statement the club has completed a Risk Assessment of the potential risk of harm to children when they are participating in any of our games and attending our activities. The risks were reviewed under the following headings; Club and Coaching Practices; Complaints & Discipline; Reporting Procedures; Use of Facilities; Recruitment; Communications; and General Risk of Harm. The Risk Assessment was undertaken 10/10/2023. The table below lists the area of Risk identified and the list of procedures and policies for managing these risks

Risk Identified

Risk of harm including assault, ill treatment or neglect of a child in a manner that seriously affects or is likely to seriously affect the child’s health, development or welfare or sexual abuse of child

Risk of harm of abuse when hosting an activity and or an away trip

Risk of harm of online abuse through social media

Bullying of a child

Procedures/Policies in place

  • ●  FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy
  • ●  FAI Concern-Complaint policy
  • ●  FAI Rulebook
  • ●  Safeguarding training
  • ●  FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy
  • ●  FAI Concern-Complaint policy
  • ●  Safeguarding training ●
  • ●  FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy
  • ●  FAI Social Media policy
  • ●  FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy
  • ●  FAI Concern-Complaint policy
  • ●  FAI Social Media policy
The Gorey Celtic FC Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, (the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice).The club 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 and selection of staff and volunteers to work with children in our activities; ●  Procedures for provision of and 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; ●  Procedures for maintaining a list of the persons in the relevant service who are mandated; ●  Procedure for appointing a relevant person.
All procedures/policies listed are available on request. FAI Policies and the FAI Rulebook are available on
The Mandated Person for the club is Phil McKeown (club Chairperson) and the Designated Liaison Person is Sarah Byrne (Child Liaison Officer
Gorey Celtic FC recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our club is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the accompanying child welfare and safeguarding policies and procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while participating in our activities. This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on August 1st, 2025 or as soon as practicable after there has been material change in any matter to which the statement refers. This statement has been published on the Gorey Celtic FC website and displayed in a prominent place on the premises. It has been provided to all staff, volunteers and any other persons involved with the service. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla and members of the public if requested.
For further information on this Child Safeguarding Statement, please contact Phil McKeown on 086 3492234 or Sarach Byrne 0864104716