Child Protection Policy

Munster Blades Fencing Club recognises its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people entrusted to the Club’s care.

As part of its mission, the Club is committed to:

  • Valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people as well  as promoting their welfare and protection.
  • Safe recruitment, supervision and training for all the coaches within the Club.
  • Adopting a procedure for dealing with concerns about possible abuse.
  • Encouraging and supporting parents/carers.
  • Supporting those affected by abuse in the Club.
  • Maintaining good links with the statutory childcare authorities and other organisations.

The club recognises the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children and young people. The Club also acknowledges that children and young people can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. Munster Blades Fencing Club has therefore adopted the procedures set out by the Irish Fencing Federation.

  • The Children’s Officer for Munster Blades Fencing Club is Spo O’Keeffe and the National Children’s Officer for Irish Fencing is Fiona Timlin.
  • All Coaches and Committee Members are Garda Vetted.
  • All Personal Information Gathered on Club Membership forms is kept for a maximum of 12 months before re-registering the member if still associated with the club.
  • The club takes all steps to ensure any photos are use solely for the purposes they are intended. If club members become aware that images are being used inappropriately they should contact  Munster Blades and the Irish Fencing Federation immediately.

The full Child Protection Policy can be downloaded here.

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