The FAI Child Welfare Policy can be viewed by going to the following link FAI Child Welfare Policy 2014

Are you coaching under 18s?

If the answer is yes, then you should now have completed an FAI Child Welfare Course and received your Garda vetting letter from the FAI. To participate as a coach in underage football in Ireland, you should present your FAI Garda vetting letter and your certificate from the FAI Child Welfare Course to your club/league/National Body or Provincial Association. If you have not completed either of these, then the FAI can help!

The FAI is placing a major emphasis on the rollout of Child Welfare Courses in 2015 with a view to educating and training all coaches working with under 18s. The Child Welfare course is accredited by the Irish Sports Council (ISC) and dates, times and locations of up-coming courses can be accessed HERE .

Education is fundamental to ensure coaches are fully aware of their responsibilities regarding the protection and welfare of all children particularly in relation to safe recruitment, promoting good practice and Garda vetting.

Indeed, the FAI Coach Education Department will this year (2015 onwards) only accept applications for UEFA Licence and Youth Cert courses from those that provide a certificate of attendance from the FAI Child Welfare Course. Come 2016, this will be extended to include all Coach Education courses. From Kick Start 1 upwards.

Garda vetting

The FAI Rule on the Protection & Welfare of Children (Persons Under the age of 18) requires “all coaches or those involved with the management of any team that are competing in any age group up to and including Under 18 and/or vulnerable persons shall be Garda Vetted.” The FAI Garda vetting form including guidelines can be accessed HERE .

The Football Association of Ireland is committed to ensuring that children can participate in all football activities in a safe environment. The safety and welfare of all children is of paramount importance to the FAI. In particular, FAI Rules on the Protection and Welfare of Children highlight the requirements needed to ensure we have the right people in our sport working with under 18s.