Stepaside FC

Founded 2018

Co. Dublin

Child Safeguarding Statement

Stepaside Football Club, or hereinafter referred to as “the Club”,  in accordance with the FAI Rulebook, Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy, other policies, procedures and our legislative requirements have agreed this Child Safeguarding Statement which is binding on all members.

The Club offers football training to children and young people from the age of four years old. The club currently has ca. 23 coaches/volunteers with over 100 players. The Club is committed to safeguarding children and by working under the guidance of the FAI’s Safeguarding Policies and procedures, our coaches and volunteers working with our children and young people, throughout the Club, 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 the FAI Rulebook, Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy, other policies and procedures that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. Stepaside FC is established on a number of core principles: - the needs of the Child, integrity and respect, environment, equality, fair play, 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, Stepaside Football Club has 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;


Communications; and

General Risk of Harm.


The Risk Assessment was initially undertaken on 11/04/2019 and is to be assessed annually. The table below lists the area of risk identified and the list of procedures and policies for managing these risks.


Risk Identified:                                                                  

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.

Procedures/Policies in place:

Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy • Concern-Complaint policy • FAI Policies • Safeguarding training.

Risk Identified:

Risk of harm of online abuse through social media

Procedures/Policies in place:

Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy • Social Media policy.

Risk Identified:

Bullying of a Child

Procedures/Policies in place:

Anti-Bullying of a child • Concern-Complaint policy • Social Media policy

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