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Child Protection Officer

Colaiste Iognaid Rowing Club may be contacted at     rowingiognaid@gmail.com

Mail Address

The official mailing address of the Club is:

Coláiste Iognáid Rowing Club,
Coláiste Iognáid,
Sea Road,
Galway,
Ireland.

Phone and Fax

The Club may also be contacted through the school by telephone or fax:

PHONE:    +353-91-501550       FAX:    +353-91-501551

Please mark any faxes 'FAO Rowing Club', and keep calls within reason.

Also, please note that phone calls may go unanswered outside of school hours and out of term. School hours are 9.00 am. - 4.00 pm. (GMT).

The 2014/15 Club Officials:

Chairman: Evan Molloy

Secretary: Colette Lydon

Head Coach : Dave Mannion

Hon. Treasurer: Maria Maguire

Public Relations and Website: Padraic O'Donoghue

Regatta entries:

Co-ordinating Clubhouse Renovations:

Additional Committee: Isbeal NicAodh, Nuala Cahalan, Laura Maye

Maintenance Sub-Committee: To see to basic maintenance of the club and implement and supervise a cleaning roster by rowers of the club house :

Noel Sheridan, John Lowry

Accompanying Mothers: It is desirable to have a woman connected with the club (other than a coach) accompany the rowers on regattas to be on hand in case of incidents and upsets. It is essential to have such a woman accompany our female rowers when proceeding to the National Championships.

Club Captain 2016/17

Daragh Coen

Child Protection Officer (CPO)

Eleanor Coughlan,     gocochlain@gmail.com                                     

As Child Protection Officer, Eleanor is the contact person for rowers, parents or coaches regarding concerns about bullying or abuse.

Coláiste Iognáid Rowing Club Guidelines for the Child Protection Officer in the event of concerns/reports of abuse

(adapted from ‘Child Protection Policy and Code of Behaviour for Working with Children/Young People’ issued by The National Children's Office’)


All coaches, rowers’ parents and committee members should be aware, or should be easily able to ascertain, who is the club CPO. His/her name and current contact details will be available on the club web site and told to coaches. They should be told that any concerns/reports of child abuse should be made/passed to the CPO.

Child abuse can be categorised into four different types: neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse. A child may be subjected to one or more forms of abuse at any given time.

The CPO should be informed by any person involved with the club (parent, coach etc.) who has ‘reasonable grounds’ for concern that a child may have been abused, or is being abused, or is at risk of abuse. A suspicion that is not supported by any objective indicator of abuse or neglect would not constitute reasonable grounds of for concern. The following examples would constitute reasonable grounds for concern:

A specific indication from the child that s/he was abused; an account by the person who saw the child being abused; evidence such as injury or behaviour which is consistent with abuse and unlikely to be caused in any other way; an injury or behaviour, which is consistent both with abuse and with an innocent explanation but where there are corroborative indicators supporting the concern that it may be a case of abuse. An example of this would be a pattern of injuries, an implausible explanation, other indications of abuse, dysfunctional behaviour; consistent indication, over a period of time, that a child is suffering from emotional or physical neglect.

In the event of a child/young person disclosing an incident of abuse it is essential that this is dealt with sensitively and professionally by the club volunteer involved. The following are guidelines to support the volunteer in this:

• React calmly;

• Listen carefully and attentively; take the young person seriously;

• Reassure the young person that they have taken the right action in talking to you;

• Do not promise to keep anything secret;

• Ask questions for clarification only. Do not ask leading questions;

• Check back with the child/young person that what you have heard is correct and understood;

• Do not express any opinions about the alleged abuser;

• Record the conversation as soon as possible, in as much detail as possible. Sign and date the record;

• Ensure that the child/young person understands the procedures which will follow;

• Pass the information to the Child Protection Officer, do not attempt to deal with the problem alone;

• Treat the information confidentially.

The reporting procedure for dealing with disclosures, concerns or allegations of child abuse is outlined:

• The volunteer who has received a disclosure of child abuse or who has concerns of abuse, should bring it to the attention of the Child Protection Officer immediately.

• The Child Protection Officer will assess and review the information that has been provided. The CPO may contact the HSE for informal advice relating to the allegation, concern or disclosure.

• After consultation with the HSE officials, the Child Protection Officer will then take one of two options:

Report the allegation, concern or disclosure to the HSE or

Not make a formal report to HSE but keep a record of the concerns on file. The reasons for not reporting the allegation, concern or disclosure will be clearly recorded. The employee/volunteer who made the initial report will be informed if a formal report is not being made to the HSE and it is open to him/her to make a formal report themselves, directly to the relevant authority if they feel this is necessary.

• Where a formal report is made the HSE will then liaise with An Garda Síochána. It is likely that the HSE will want to speak to the person who first made the report to clarify facts and the circumstances of the report.

October 2013