Ballyoulster United AFC

Founded 1968

Co. Kildare

Child Welfare

    Ballyoulster United FC  in accordance with the FAI Rulebook, FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy, other FAI policies, procedures and our legislative requirements have agreed this Child Safeguarding Statement which is binding on all members. BUFC is a football club operating on a Local/County scale providing sporting activities and opportunities for children and young people through participation in clubs. The club offers footballing activities to children and young people from the age of 4 to 18 and beyond. The club recruits’ volunteers to assist with activities and club running. BUFC is committed to safeguarding children and by working under the guidance of our Safeguarding Policies and procedures, our staff, both volunteers and employed working with our children and young people, throughout the Association, seek to create a safe and fun environment for children and young people to participate in their sport.
Principles to Safeguard Children from Harm

This statement recognises that in accordance with legislation and the requirements of FAI Rulebook, FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy, other FAI policies and procedures that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. BUFC is established on a number of core principles:

- the needs of the Child, integrity and respect, environment, equality, fair play, wellbeing, welfare and safety in football. These underlying principles underpin our rules, policies and procedures to ensure that when children are participating in our activities, they do so, as far as is practicable, in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Risk Assessment

In preparing this statement the BUFC have completed a Risk Assessment of the potential risk of harm to children when they are participating in any of our games and attending our activities. The risks were reviewed under the following headings; Club and Coaching Practices; Complaints & Discipline; Reporting Procedures; Use of Facilities; Recruitment; Communications; and General Risk of Harm. The Risk Assessment was undertaken on (Insert date). The table below lists the area of Risk identified and the list of procedures and policies for managing these risks


Risk Identified
Procedures/Policies in place
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Risk of harm including assault, ill treatment or neglect of a child in a manner that seriously affects or is likely to seriously affect the child’s health, development or welfare or sexual abuse of child
FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy
FAI Concern-Complaint policy
FAI Rulebook
Safeguarding training
Data capture form
Inhouse induction training
1.FAI Child Welfare & Safeguarding Policy


Risk of harm of abuse when hosting an activity and or an away trip
FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy
FAI Concern-Complaint policy
Safeguarding training

2. FAI Concern-Complaint Policy


Risk of harm of online abuse through social media
FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy
FAI Social Media policy

3. FAI Social Media Policy


Bullying of a child
FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy
FAI Concern-Complaint policy
FAI Social Media policy

4. FAI Rulebook









  The BUFC Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, (the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of

Children (2017), and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice).
BUAFC has the following procedures in place as part of our Safeguarding Policies:

Procedures for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct by staff or volunteers against a child availing of our activities;
Procedures for the safe recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers to work with children in our activities;
Procedures for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm;
Procedure for reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Statutory Authorities;
Procedures for maintaining a list of the persons in the relevant service who are mandated;
Procedure for appointing a relevant person.
All procedures/policies listed are available on request. FAI Policies and the FAI Rulebook are available on 
The Mandated person/s for BUAFC is Derek O Kelly - Designated Liaison Person is Fiachra Mooney
BUAFC recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. We are committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the accompanying child welfare and safeguarding policies and procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while participating in our activities. This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on a 2 Yearly cycle or as soon as practicable after there has been material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

This statement has been published on the clubs website; ( and displayed in a prominent place on the premises.

It has been provided to all staff, volunteers and any other persons involved with the service. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla and members of the public if requested.

Signed: Derek O Kelly Date:6/Jan/2024

On behalf of the Ballyoulster United AFC

For further information on this Child Safeguarding Statement, please contact Club Child Officer, 

Derek O Kelly. Contact details: E: or -subject CCO 

Or SMS: 086-8494660

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