Join the Club Child Welfare team!

Volunteer Hands in the Air

Dear Parent / Guardian,

As you may be aware, Enniskerry FC is a community based club with in excess of 350 boys & girls, playing in about 25 different teams. All our coaches, managers and committee members operate on an entirely voluntary basis. The organising of teams, liaison with the leagues, pitch marking, training, merchandising, club finances, facilities, child welfare, coaching takes a dedicated team of people to keep running smoothly each year. Additionally, the smooth running of the various events we host during the year does not happen without the dedication of a small number of people.

The appointment of Club Children’s Officers is an essential element in the creation of a quality atmosphere in any club. They act as a resource to members with regard to children’s issues and also ensure that children have a voice in the running of the club and can freely talk of their experiences.

As the club continues to grow from strength to strength, the workload for our volunteers increases meaning that we need more people to help us out to ensure the ongoing success of the club. There is only so much a small number of people can deliver and we want to ensure your child gets the maximum enjoyment they can out of being a member of Enniskerry FC.

The appointment of Club Children’s Officers is an essential element in the creation of a quality atmosphere in any club. They act as a resource to members with regard to children’s issues and also ensure that children have a voice in the running of the club and can freely talk of their experiences.

Retirement of one of our Current Child Welfare Officers

To that end and due to a re-organisation of responsibilities, we are currently looking for someone to join our Child Welfare Team and take on the role of Child Welfare Officer. We already have two existing officers, and we’re looking to bolster the team to 4 or even 5 people to lighten the load and increase the role’s profile in the club.

Cathy Hallam – Thank You from the Club

Cathy Hallam, has for well over a decade (14 years+!) loyally served the club as one of our Child Welfare Officers with dedication, diligence and distinction. Cathy’s hanging up her proverbial boots now as her children have now outgrown the club, hence our search for a replacement.

As a club we will always be enormously grateful for all of the unseen work that Cathy has done behind the scenes to contribute to the success of the club. Thank you Cathy!

Child Welfare Officer Role Description

To fill this role we are ideally looking for someone comfortable with the following role description.

Who will be I responsible to?

The club committee and board of directors.

Who will I be responsible for?

Nobody, but acting as part of the Child Welfare Team as a ‘voice of the children’ in the club.

What is the role of the Club Child Welfare Officer?

  • To promote the Code of Ethics & Good Practice
  • To influence policy and practice and to prioritise children’s needs
  • To ensure that children know how and whom they can report their concerns to within the club. Information disclosed by a child should be dealt with in accordance with the Department of Health and Children’s Guidelines “Children First” 
  • To encourage the participation of parents/guardians in club activitie
  • To co-operate with parents to ensure that each child enjoys his/her participation in soccer
  • To act as a resource with regard to best practice in children’s soccer
  • To report regularly to the Club Management Committee
  • To monitor changes in membership and follow up any unusual dropout, absenteeism or club transfers by children or coach/volunteer

Club Children’s Officers do not have the responsibility of investigating or validating child protection concerns within the club and have no counselling or therapeutic role. This responsibility lies with the HSE and Gardai.

What else can you tell me about the role?

It’s a great role with the potential for real impact, helping to shape the culture of the club in a positive way. There’s two workshops you’ll attend to get up to speed on Safeguarding, paid for by the club too. The club’s normal volunteer recruitment also applies.

Qualities needed in a Club Child Welfare Officer

The Child Welfare Officer should have:

  • Adequate time to perform their role
  • Enthusiasm
  • Good communication skills
  • Honesty and integrity
  • An ability to keep records
  • An appreciation of the importance of confidentiality

How much time will I need to give to the role?

The role involves regular small amounts of time to keep things ticking over. Think of it as a couple of hours a month, with some months nothing particularly involved!

What will the club provide in resources?

  • The club has an online volunteer recruitment platform which makes the admin very easy.
  • All reasonable requests for support will go before the club committee. We are a progressive club and will provide the supports and structure required to help the job get done.

How do I apply?

If you would like to be part of our team and help us continue to grow the club, then please contact me as soon as possible at the details below for application details.

Many thanks.

David Miller
Club Secretary, Enniskerry Football Club

club.secretary@enniskerryfc.ie
0862283213