CHILD SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

Cáirdeas Kilmovee Family Resource Centre

Here at Cáirdeas Kilmovee Family Resource Centre we provide the following services to children/young people:

Youth services

Summer camps

Sporting opportunities

Art

Educational activities

Guiding principles to safeguard children from harm

We believe that:

  • Our priority is to ensure the welfare and safety of every child and young person who attends our service is paramount;
  • Our guiding principles and procedures to safeguard children and young people reflect national policy and legislation and we will review our guiding principles and child safeguarding every two years;
  • All children and young people have an equal right to attend a service that respects them as individuals and encourages them to reach their potential, regardless of their background;
  • We are committed to upholding the rights of every child and young person who attends our service, including the right to be kept safe and protected from harm, listened to and heard;
  • Our guiding principles apply to everyone in our organisation;
  • Workers/volunteers must conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of our organisation.
  1. 1.     Risk Assessment

We have carried out an assessment of any potential for harm (as defined in the Children First Act, 2015) to a child while availing of our services.  Risk of harm as defined in the Act means, in relation to a child – (a) assault, ill-treatment or neglect of the child in a manner that seriously affects or is likely to seriously affect the child’s health, development or welfare, or (b) sexual abuse of a child.  

Below is a list of the areas of risk identified and the list of procedures for managing these risks.

1Staff and volunteer recruitmentAll staff and volunteers interviewed prior to appointment.  References taken up and Garda Vetting completed prior to appointment.  Induction, probationary period and ongoing supervision.
2Staff trainingAll staff to undergo Child Protection training and have in-date certification
3Open door policyA member of staff to be on the premises at all times during opening hours
4Inappropriate use of social media by staff/volunteers/clientsParental controls installed on all computers Code of behaviour policy and internet policy
5ActivitiesAppropriate supervision levels strictly adhered to
6Meeting with childrenInform staff that a meeting with a child is occurring and leave the door open
7Risk of abuse overnight staysOvernight and residential stay policy
8Risk of staff and volunteers not knowing correct proceduresTraining and induction procedure and annual updating of policies
 Risk of harm in relation to a child as defined in the Children First Act (2015)Procedure in place to manage identified risk  
1Staff and volunteer recruitmentAll staff and volunteers interviewed prior to appointment.  – Recruitment and selection procedure – Allegations of abuse against staff/volunteers procedure – Reporting procedure – Complaints procedure – Code of behaviour procedure for staff/volunteers -Training strategy for staff and volunteers  
2Staff trainingAll staff to undergo Child Protection training and have in-date certification
3Meeting with children one to oneInform staff that a meeting with a child is occurring and leave the door open
4Risk of inappropriate use of digital images or social media by staff/volunteers  Parental controls installed on all computers Code of behaviour policy and internet policy
5e.g. Risk of harm from peer to peer abuse– Supervision of children – Anti bullying procedure – Complaints procedure – Training strategy for staff and volunteers
6e.g. Risk of abuse on trips away or overnight stays– Overnight and trips away procedure – Recruitment procedure – Reporting procedure – Complaints procedure – Code of behaviour for staff/volunteers – Allegations of abuse against staff/volunteers  
7ActivitiesAppropriate supervision levels strictly adhered to
8Risk of staff/volunteers not being aware of the signs of child abuse and correct reporting and associated procedures, resulting in children coming to harm– Training strategy for staff and volunteers – Induction and training procedure – Staff and volunteer supervision procedure
9Risk of harm from visitors or contractors– Supervision of children procedure – Procedure for sign in of visitors/ contractors/ deliveries
  • Procedures

Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice.

The following procedures list in our risk assessment and the specified procedures below support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our service:

  • Procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct against workers/volunteers of a child availing of our service;
  • 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 or welfare concerns to Tusla;
  • Procedure for maintaining a list of the persons (if any) in the relevant service who are mandated persons;
  • Procedure for appointing a relevant person;
  • Additional procedures identified in risk assessment.

This Child Safeguarding Statement will be displayed prominently.

All procedures will be made available to staff, parents, young people, members of the public and Tusla if requested. 

  • Implementation and Review

We recognise that implementation is an on-going process. Our service is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our service.

This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on January 2023 or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

Signed: ______________________________ Larry Frain Chairperson

Larry Frain Chairperson

0949649814

[email protected]

For queries, please contact our coordinator, who is the relevant person and the first point of contact regarding this Child Safeguarding Statement under the children First Act, 2015.

Siobhán Smith

Ph 0949649814

[email protected]


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