Ballyboy Code of Conduct
Ballyboy CCÉ fully recognises its responsibilities for Child Protection and has developed a branch policy which is available from Ballyboy CCÉ’s Child Welfare Officer, Helen Young.
Children and young people involved in traditional music, song, dance and the Irish language are entitled to:
- Be safe and feel safe;
- Have fun and experience a sense of enjoyment and fulfilment;
- Be treated with respect, dignity and sensitivity;
- Comment and make suggestions in a constructive fashion;
- Be afforded appropriate confidentiality;
- Participate in sessions, concerts, competitions and any other activities the branch may be involved in, at levels with which they feel comfortable and suits their experience; and
- Make their concerns known and have them deal with in an appropriate manner.
Children and young people involved in traditional music, song, dance and the Irish language should always:
- Do their best and enjoy themselves;
- Make sure they are properly equipped for their lesson e.g. instrument, music folder, recorder etc;
- Respect other members regardless of ability, ethnic origin, cultural background or religion;
- Support other members regardless of whether they do well or not;
- Respect all tutors and voluntary helpers;
- Inform their tutor in advance if they are unable to attend a lesson;
- Adhere to acceptable standards of behaviour;
- Take care of their instruments, whether on loan or personally owned;
- Respect all venues/classrooms and their contents.
- Know that it is acceptable to talk to the Branch’s Child Welfare Officer with any concerns or questions they may have;
- Tell somebody else if they or others have been harmed in any way.
Children and young people involved in traditional music, song, dance and the Irish language should never:
- Shout or argue with a tutor, voluntary worker, class mate etc;
- Use unfair or bullying tactics to gain advantage or to isolate other members;
- Spread rumours, by word of mouth, social media etc;
- Tell lies about adults or other young people;
- Use unacceptable language or racial or sectarian references;
- Run, climb or partake in any other activity between lessons that may cause harm to themselves or others;
- Use mobile phones inappropriately during lessons, sessions or any other Comhaltas activities.
Parents/Guardians involved in traditional music, song, dance and the Irish language are expected to:
- Complete the membership registration forms and pay the membership fee promptly;
- Deliver and collect children punctually;
- Ensure that the child is properly attired for their lesson e.g. instrument, music folder, recorder etc;
- Ensure appropriate and comfortable clothing is worn;
- Detail any relevant health etc. concerns pertaining to the child on 1. the membership registration form;
- Ensure that the tutor is informed in advance if your child is unable to attend their lesson;
- Inform the tutor beforehand if the child is to be collected early;
- Encourage the child to practice between lessons;
- Listen and encourage all children’s efforts, being positive;
- Appreciate and respect your child’s tutor;
- Be realistic;
- Supervise your child before and after lessons and sessions;
- Ensure that your child does not partake in any activity that may cause harm to themselves or others e.g. running, climbing, boisterous playing etc.
Parents/Guardians have the right to:
- Know that all tutors and Committee members are Garda vetted;
- Know their child is safe;
- Be informed of problems or concerns relating to their child;
- Be informed if their child is unhappy in any situation;
- Contribute to decisions within Ballyboy CCÉ;
- Complain if there is a concern about the standard of teaching.