WELFARE AND CLUB POLICIES
Commercials Hurling Club is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all of our juvenile players. We will take all practicable steps to protect our players from any form of harm or abuse.
We do this by ..
• Recognising that all children have the right to be protected from harm.
• Ensuring that all of our coaches are Garda Vetted regularly as required
.• Ensuring all of our coaches undertake a Child Welfare and Protection course.
• Assigning a dedicated Child Welfare and Protection officer.• By providing parents, guardians and children with an opportunity to voice any concerns theymay have
.• Ensure that members, coaches, team mentors, administrators, parents/guardians and supporters,as appropriate, sign up to and adhere to the GAA Code of Behaviour.
• Assuring that any cases of abuse are confidentially dealt with in accordance with the association'sguidelines for dealing with Allegations of such a nature.
• Ensure that all our coaches and volunteers arechosen with care and are made aware as to theirresponsibility for the wellbeing of children in their care.
Should you ever have any reason for concern it is imperative that contact be made with the clubs child protection officer.Deborah Strumble (087) 6426040
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GAA Injury Scheme
The GAA mandatory scheme provides benefit to Commercials members playing Hurling and Camogie and to club personnel performing designated duties.
For full details you should check the GAA website GAA Injury Scheme
Although Claim Forms may be available in the club, we strongly recommend you download the very latest form from the Insurers official site. Latest Claim Form
Read the form and then note carefully the sections that apply to you and the supporting documentation that will be required.
If there is an injury during a match, this should be reported to the referee, so he can place this in his Ref Report.
All claims should be to be reported to Club Secretary as soon as possible after the injury has occurred. They must sign the form and forward to the County Secretary who will also stamp the form, stating this was an insured game and the form will need to be forwarded to Willis within 60 days of date of the injury. Please note claims reported after 60 days will not be processed.
If you have private health insurance you will be required to use that cover and not the GAA Player Injury Scheme. Please note if your health insurance does not cover you you must get a note from your insurer stating this.
Fully completed claim form in particular sections A E and F together with all relevant supporting documentation should be signed and validated by you before forwarding to Club Secretary.
Obligations on clubs regarding insurance of players, match officials [referees, umpires and linespersons] and members involved in managing and coaching teams.
Rule 23.3 of the Official Guide Part 1 states:
Each club must ensure and be satisfied that its playing members, members who officiate at games and members involved in managing/coaching teams are covered by insurance. Any member not insured may not play, officiate at games or manage/coach teams.
Each club is obliged to comply with this rule which also includes a check that people in the club are correctly registered on the Servasport registration system.
Clubs should also check the detail of the club/ or members’ insurance cover to establish the extent of the cover for players, match officials, managers e.g. does the cover extend to all officially sanctioned Hurling and Camogie games and training. If the club has an insurance policy in place it should consider communicating the insurance cover details to relevant parties e.g. players, match officials and managers/coaches.
It is advisable that Units in charge of representative teams e.g. County or Provincial teams also verify the insurance cover of people representing them in a games’ context.
(b)Insurance cover and challenge/tournament games
Rule 23.3 of the Official Guide Part 1 states:
In order that all fixtures other than official fixtures are recognised for insurance purposes notification must be given on the following basis:
• To the County Board when both teams are within the County;
• To the relevant County Boards and Provincial Council when teams are from different Counties;
• To the relevant County Boards, Provincial Council and National Fixtures Administrator when teams are from different Provinces or International. Notification to hold or participate in fixtures other than official fixtures must be sent by email by the relevant Secretaries prior to the date of the proposed fixture.
Approval to host inter-county underage blitzes will be provided by the Director of Camogie Development.
Permission must be requested by a date specified by the Ard Stiúrthóir each year.
Each Unit is obliged to comply with this rule.
Please be aware that failure to comply may have implications in how an insurance company considers a claim, in the event of a claim arising from a fixture that may not be deemed official.
Please find forms and details pertaining to Insurance procedures while engaged with a Camogie club.
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Commercials Booklet 2017
E-Vetting in the GAA
Please read the information and guidance below before commencing this process. The online vetting form can be found here.
Vetting in the GAA
The GAA has a long established principle of vetting any person who, on our behalf, works with children or vulnerable adults in our Association. This principle is enshrined in rule through our Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport and has become part of the overall recruitment and selection process for those who wish to work with us in the GAA, in a voluntary or paid role.
Vetting services for the Association are currently overseen by the National Childrens Office in Croke Park while Comhairle Uladh acts on our behalf in coordinating AccessNI services.
Our international units adhere to the legislative vetting and police background checks that are required in the jurisdiction in which they operate.
The National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 - 2016 commenced on 29th April 2016 and from that date a statutory obligation was placed upon the GAA to ensure that all persons who on our behalf undertook ‘relevant work’ with children has been vetted prior to taking up that role in Ireland.
The term ‘relevant work’ in the GAA includes any role of responsibility such as coaching, managing or training underage teams or indeed adult teams that contain any player under 18 yrs. of age. It also applies to organising underage activities or refereeing underage games.
The Act also established the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to oversee the e-vetting services previously administered by the Garda Central Vetting Unit.
Who needs to be vetted?
In the GAA any person who carries out a role of responsibility such as coaching, managing or training underage teams or indeed adult teams that contain any player under 18 yrs. of age must be vetted. It also applies to organising underage activities or refereeing underage games. Thereafter, each club shall decide if other roles merit a person being vetted.
Any person who was working with children in the GAA prior to the commencement of the Act and was not previously vetted for that role may continue in that capacity but must apply as a matter of priority to be vetted by the GAA under what is termed ‘retrospective vetting’. This term and these conditions are allowed for in the Act.
What if the applicant is under 18 yrs. of age?
GAA vetting services are available to any person over 16 yrs. of age fulfilling a role of responsibility with children or vulnerable adults. A parental consent form (NVB Parent/Guardian Consent Form) must be completed, this is available here, for applicants between 16 and 18 yrs. of age
Is it an offence if you are not vetted?
It is now a criminal offence, for a person acting on behalf of the GAA, or for the GAA as an Association to permit any person to commence working with children on behalf of the Association without that person first obtaining a vetting disclosure from the National Vetting Bureau in respect of the role for which they have been recruited. It is also a breach of GAA rule if you are working with children or vulnerable adults on behalf of the Association and have not been vetted.
When the Vetting Act came into being on 29 April 2016 the GAA became one of the first organisations to replace ‘paper vetting’ with a new on line or E –Vetting system.
E-Vetting replaces all previous paper vetting systems which also brings us in line with similar e-vetting services as coordinated by Ulster GAA for AccessNI.
How can you be vetted through the GAA?
Vetting for a member of the GAA involves 3 easy to follow steps as follows:
Step 1 The initial application vetting process at Club level
You must in the first instance complete the GAA E-Vetting ID Form. This form compels you to provide proof of your identity to the Club Children’s Officer, who must verify that they have received the ID verification as required. The ID verification may be retained by the Club Children’s Officer for the duration of the e-vetting process or it may be attached by you at Step 2 to the On Line Vetting application Form.
The primary purpose of this form is for you to provide your name, address, club, role for which you applied, and to present your ID (e.g. copy of your passport plus a utility bill showing your current address) plus a valid email address for future reference. The full list of documents which are accepted for verification can be found here
Click here for the GAA E-Vetting ID Form
Step 2 Completing the Vetting Application form
The GAA on-line E-Vetting Application Form is available to download.
Once you complete the GAA on-line E-Vetting Application Form the information provided is forwarded to the NVB by the GAA and you will receive an on-line NVB Vetting Form to complete.
The details entered will be emailed back to you, for your own records. Your Club Secretary will also receive an email informing him/her that you have applied as a member of the club, to be issued with the NVB Vetting Application Form.
Click here for GAA on-line E-Vetting application form
Step 3 NVB Vetting Application form
The NVB will issue you with the NVB Vetting Application form. This will be issued to the email address you provided in Step 2.
Completing this form is a confidential matter between you and the NVB. All sections of the form including current and previous addresses, email address and contact telephone numbers, information on convictions and prosecutions (if any), plus other information will be required when completing the form.
Once all sections of the form have been answered this then completes your application process for E Vetting in the GAA and within a short period of time you shall be contacted by the GAA to informing you as to the outcome of the vetting application.
You and your Club Secretary will be notified when the vetting process has been completed.
All Vetting queries should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org