Safeguarding and Child Welfare

Safeguarding 1 and 2 courses will be held on the 22nd and 20th of November 2019 r. Please go online to register at Both courses are being held in Brickfields Nenagh. 

All clubs are bound by law and League rules to fulfill the obligations for Child Welfare within their organisation.

All clubs must have a fully certified Child Protection Officer, who's details must be supplied to the League Child Protection Officer and League Management Committee.

All Club Chairpersons  must also be fully certified in Child Protection regulations, having attended the 3 Hour and 4 Hour Child Protection Courses.

Every Coach/Mentor/Volunteer who interacts with children must be Garda Vetting and have completed the 3 Hour Child Welfare

From October 1st 2015 all Coaches and Mentors must have completed their child welfare obligations and hold an official NTSFL Coaches ID Card.
This is to ensure child welfare practices are being adhered to.

From October 1st 2015, all clubs must have provided a fully certified Child Welfare Officer and/or a fully certified Chairperson, or no games will be issued.

Below is a brief outline of the FAI Rules pertaining to child welfare:

1.       Appointment of Designated Child Welfare Officer

All FAI Affiliated Members shall appoint a person to be responsible for all child protection and welfare matters within their organisation.  “Affiliated Member” of the Association shall mean all National Bodies, Provincial Associations, leagues, clubs and AGM Members who have affiliated directly to the FAI or to their respective governing body.  This person will be known as the Designated Child Welfare Officer.  It is the responsibility of each League to ensure all clubs affiliated to them have appointed a Designated Child Welfare Officer.

In accordance with FAI Rule 72 (2)(a), this person shall be the person who holds the highest office with the club/league.  Ultimate responsibility for child welfare will rest with this person, particularly when it comes to recruitment, Garda vetting, child welfare courses, reporting matters to the Statutory Authorities etc.  Therefore, if a coach is taken into a club/league the  Designated Child Welfare Officer must be satisfied they are suitable to join their club/league.  PLEASE NOTE:  Receiving a Garda Vetting letter from the FAI is only one part of the recruitment process – reference checks & interviews should also be implemented and adhered to.

2.       Garda Vetting

Any person working or volunteering with children and or vulnerable adults in any capacity on behalf of an Affiliated Member shall be Garda Vetted.  It is the responsibility of the football body concerned to determine the relevant persons within their organisation who this applies to.


The Garda Vetting letter from the FAI is NOT AN APPROVAL LETTER TO WORK WITH CHILDREN.  The letter the FAI issue is based on the information the FAI receive back from the Garda Central Vetting Unit.  The information we receive from the Garda Central Vetting Unit only provides information if a person has a conviction/does not have a conviction.  For example, if a person has no convictions this does not mean they are suitable to work with children.  It simply means that this person has no convictions. In accordance with FAI Rule 72, Garda vetting is mandatory for all people working with children.    Please note: we will no longer accept a Garda vetting form without a copy of some form of Identification e.g. Passport/Driving License.

3.       Child Welfare Courses

Any person working or volunteering with children in any capacity on behalf of an Affiliated Member shall complete an FAI approved “Basic Awareness” training course.

For more details contact League Chairman - Stephen Glynn -

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