The Association and its sister organisations recently launched (April 2018) online version of Code of Behaviour (Underage), the joint Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport. This Code has been agreed between the GAA, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, the Camogie Association, GAA Handball Ireland and the Rounders Council of Ireland.

The Code replaces all previous Codes and is a mandatory Code of Best Practice for all Gaelic Games Associations in our work with underage players. It is a comprehensive good practice guidance publication and we are anxious that as many players, coaches, parents and other Club personnel have immediate access to its contents.

The Gaelic Athletic Association is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people who wish to participate in our Gaelic Games and activities. We will take all practicable steps to protect them from discernable forms of abuse – from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and shall respect their rights, wishes and feelings.


Code of Behaviour (Underage)

Chapter 3  – Maintaining appropriate levels of behaviour in our work with children and young people

Code Declaration & Signatory

Children First Information & Guidance Leaflet

Tusla Child Protection and Welfare Report Form (CPWRF)

Children First Act 2015

Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children

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