Child Protection Officer:

Deirdre Mullen, Sport Instructor, Performance & Development,   Department of Sport

T: 01 896 1812



Designated Liason Person/Child Welfare Officer

             Kay Bowen

(see “Contact Us” for contact details)



Child Safeguarding Statement

Following the guidelines of the IRFU ( and working within the policies and procedures of Trinity College, Dublin University Football Club (“DUFC”) is committed to the enjoyment of rugby by young people and values and encourages the participation of parents, coaches and volunteers. DUFC respects the dignity and rights of each individual age grade player and strives to promote, create and maintain a safe environment for them and for young people generally.
Following a risk assessment for any potential harm to an age grade player while involved in rugby we have identified areas of risk and the list of procedures to be put in place to manage these risks.
Our child safeguarding statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015 and in Northern Ireland, the Club Framework for Safeguarding Standards. In addition to the procedures listed in our risk assessment, the following procedures are in place as part of the IRFU Safeguarding Policy and support our intention to safeguard children:
• Procedure for the safe recruitment and selection of workers and volunteers to work with children
• Procedure for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm
• Procedure for the reporting of child protection and welfare concerns to Tusla (Ireland) and Gateway (Northern Ireland) through the Club Welfare Officer, Kay Bowen/ the Trinity Sport Child Protection Officer Deirdre Mullen and the Mandated Person within the IRFU: Anne Marie Hughes (086 0485977 /
• Procedure for the management of allegation of abuse or misconduct against workers/volunteers of a child availing of our service
DUFC recognises that implementation is an ongoing process. It is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and accompanying safeguarding policy to keep children safe from harm involved in rugby.
This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed in March 2019, or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

Name: John Boyd

Title: Chairman, Executive Management Committee

Name: Kay Bowen

Title: Child Welfare Officer
Phone: 01 353 1896 34 68

For Queries please call Kay Bowen as above.

About Us

Dublin University Football Club is the oldest club in the world in continuous existence. Football, which may have come to Ireland from Britain, was originally a peasant pastime based on the parish or village. It was unregulated and violent, and fatal accidents occurred during matches with alarming frequency. One challenge between neighbouring villages in Co. Derry read, ‘for the Late Sleepers to come over on [a certain Sunday] and kick the Early Risers’ - See more

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