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The Club Children’s Officer is a senior position of responsibility within each Club and careful consideration should be given when electing or selecting a person to fulﬁl this role. This position is compulsory in the Club. Formerly known as the Youth Officer, the title of this post is being amended to reﬂect the legal status of a child in Ireland.
The adopted deﬁnition by the GAA of a child is any person under the age of 18 years, excluding a person who is not or has not been married.
The Children’s Officer shall have as his/her primary aim the establishment of a child and youth centred ethos within the Club and will be viewed by many as the link between the children/young people or their parents and the Club.
The person chosen for this role shall have the conﬁdence of parents, mentors and children alike as somebody that can represent the views of others and ensure that the Club acknowledges and delivers upon their responsibilities at all times.
The Club Children’s Officer shall be a person of high integrity, shall have good communicative skills and shall have knowledge as to how the Club can ensure the rights of young people are respected and maintained.
It is the responsibility of the Children’s Officer to regularly report to their Club Executive Committee on how Club policy and procedures and the participation of young people in the Club may be impacting on the welfare and safeguarding of under age players and their coaches/mentors.
The Club Children’s Officer should:
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