We fully adhere to Athletics Ireland’s recommended processes in the area of child protection and child welfare. To maintain an open and transparent approach we have adopted Athletic Ireland’s policies, codes of conduct, and guidelines as our own. All policies are in existence to protect the welfare of all our club members
Moy Valley AC would like to acknowledge the contribution of Athletics Ireland. The material on this page (including most text, links, and graphics) is taken from the Athletics Ireland website . The Athletics Ireland material is available at the Athletics Ireland website’s Child Welfare page.
We adhere to the Code of Ethics for Children published by Irish Athletics.
A copy of this document can be downloaded at this link.
The risk of bullying and harassment by adults and by children should be anticipated in any club and active steps are taken to prevent it occurring. A prompt and decisive response will be made to any indications that it is taking place In Moy Valley AC.
Definition: Bullying is repeated aggression be it verbal, psychological or physical, which is conducted by an individual or group against others. It is behaviour, which is intentionally aggravating and intimidating, and occurs mainly among children in social environments such as schools, sports clubs and other organisations working with children. It includes behaviours such as teasing, taunting, threatening, hitting or extortion by one or more children against a victim.
It is the responsibility of the club leaders to deal with bullying that may take place. Incidents of bullying will be dealt with immediately and will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Many children are reluctant to tell adults that they are being bullied. Older children are even more reluctant. This underlines the need for constant vigilance and encouragement to report bullying.
The anti-bullying policy of Moy Valley AC will include the following measures:
- Raising awareness of bullying as an unacceptable form of behaviour
- Creating a club ethos which encourages children, coaches and parents/guardians to report bullying and to use the procedures of the complaints mechanism of the club to address this problem
- Providing comprehensive supervision of children at all activities
- Providing a supportive environment for victims of bullying
- Obtaining the co-operation of parents/ guardians to counter bullying
Social media policy
Moy Valley AC adhere to the Athletics Ireland social media policy and this can be downloaded from this link.
Garda Vetting policy
Moy Valley AC adheres to the Athletics Ireland Garda Vetting policy as detailed at this link
Photographic and mobile technology policy
Moy Valley AC adhere to the Athletics Ireland photographic and mobile technology policy and corresponding guidelines can be downloaded from this link.
Health and Safety Policy
In line with the advice of Athletic Ireland, in the case of either a dangerous incident or accident, the following information is collected:
- Date and time of accident/injury
- Details of injured person
- Name of the event and location
- Description of accident/incident with diagrams and/or photographs if possible
- Nature of injury
- Details of first aid given and names of first aid representatives
- Names of other persons present
- Details of reporting person
Road safety policy
Guidelines for responding to allergies in children
The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) have produced guidelines for responding to allergies in children. Moy Valley AC adhere to these guidelines and they can be viewed at this link
Parents code – as detailed by Athletics Ireland
- Athletics should be safe, fun and conducted in a spirit of fair play
- Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.
- Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
- Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.
- Never force your child to take part in sport.
- Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding good performances of all.
- Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
- Publicly accept officials’ judgments.
- Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
- Use correct and proper language at all times.
- Encourage and guide performers to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.