Child Welfare

Important Contacts

County Children’s Officer Celia Rattigan

Club Children’s Officer Kim Robertson

National Children’s Officer, Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichíl at 01-8363222 or

Club DLP Seán O’Connor 087 618 7143

Club Coaches

There are 3 parts to becoming a qualified GAA coach.

  1. Complete GAA Garda Vetting
  2. Complete Child Protection Safeguarding1 Course
  3. Complete Foundation Award Coaching Course

Westport GAA Safeguarding Statement

  1. GAA Garda Vetting

Click on the link below and follow the step-by-step instructions. It takes about 1 month to get the vetting form back from GAA/Garda.

Vetting (

2. Child Protection Safeguarding 

Child Safeguarding Training is highlighted in Children First as being mandatory and is required for the level of child safeguarding engagement one has in the Association.

Online Safeguarding 1 Refresher
The Gaelic Athletic Association recently developed an Online Safeguarding 1 Refresher programme for those who previously attended a face to face Safeguarding 1 workshop. This programme can only be completed if you have attended a face to face Safeguarding 1 workshop within the last three years.

The online refresher may also be availed of by those who have attended relevant safeguarding training with other sports NGBs or Local LSPs.

You can avail of the Online Safeguarding 1 Refresher here.

3. Foundation Award Coaching Course

Please contact Pat Gavin our current Chairperson for Games & Coaching




Westport GAA Safeguarding Statement
Code of Behaviour Underage
Safeguarding Training Policy for Gaelic Games
Tackling Bullying Poster
Social Media Policy
GAA Tackling Bullying Presentation
Westport GAA Anti Bullying Policy
Westport GAA Mental Health Charter
Guidance on Dealing with Alleged Breaches of the Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport
Guidance For Dealing With & Reporting Allegations or Concerns of Abuse
Tusla Report Form
Disciplinary Powers and Procedures
Vetting Policy