CHILD SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT
- Westport House, Pirate Adventure Park, Westport Train Tour and Caravan and Camping Park. A Museum Home and Pirate Adventure Park aimed at primary school children and Caravan and Camping Park catering for families.
Westport House, Pirate Adventure Park and Caravan and Camping Park provide services for children of all ages though typically catering for children under the age of 12.
The management structure is:
Biddy Hughes – Acting General Manager
Joan Collins – Operations Manager
Tara Geraghty-Deputy Manager (maternity cover)/Campsite Supervisor
Designated Liaison Person for Child Protection
- COMMITMENT TO SAFEGUARD CHILDREN FROM HARM
- Our Service is committed to safeguarding the children in our care and to providing a safe environment in which they can enjoy family fun, play, learn and develop.
- Our service believes that the welfare of the children attending our service is paramount. We are committed to child-centred practice in all our work with children.
- We are committed to upholding the rights of every child and young person who attends our service, including the rights to be kept safe and protected from harm.
- Our policy and procedures to safeguard children and young people reflect national policy and legislation and are underpinned by Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017, the Tusla Children First – Child Safeguarding Guide 2017, and the Children First Act 2015.
- Our policy declaration applies to all paid staff, volunteers, and students on work placement within our organisation. All staff, volunteers and students must sign up to and abide by the policies, procedures and guidance encompassed by this policy declaration and our child safeguarding policy and accompanying procedures.
- We will review our child safeguarding statement and accompanying child safeguarding policies and procedures every 2 years or sooner if necessary, due to service issues or changes in legislation or national policy.
- RISK ASSESSMENT
In accordance with the Children First Act 2015, the Board of Management/Service Provider has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while attending the service or participating in service activities. A written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the service procedures for managing those risks is summarised below:
- CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
As required by the Children First Act, 2015, Children First National Guidance for Protection and Welfare of Children 2017 and the Guidance for Developing for a Child Safeguarding statement for Early Years Services 2018 the following safeguarding policies/procedures/measures are in place
- Procedures to maintain a list of mandated persons under the Children First Act, 2015
- A Relevant Person has been appointed
- A Designated Liaison Person and Deputy have been appointed
- Child Protection and Welfare Reporting Procedures
- Confidentiality Policy
- Policy for Dealing with Allegations of Abuse or Neglect Against Employees
- Procedure for Managing Child Protection Records
- Recruitment Policy
- Garda Vetting Policy
- Code of Behaviour for Working with Children
- Induction Policy (which includes procedures to inform new staff about the Child Safeguarding Statement and accompanying safeguarding policies and procedures)
- The management team have completed the Tusla eLearning module – Introduction to Children First and the Designated Liaison Officer has signed up to receive additional training from Tusla pending availability.
- Staff have access to regular Supervision and Support in line with the service policy.
- Complaints Policy
- Policy for Managing Accidents and Incidents
- A Lost Child Procedure is in place.
- Social Media Management Policy
- IMPLEMENTATION AND REVIEW
- We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our service is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the accompanying child safeguarding policies and procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our service.
- This Statement will be reviewed every 2 years or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.
- This statement has been published on the service website and is displayed in the service. It has been provided to all staff, volunteers and any other persons involved with the service. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla if requested.
Signed: __________________________________ Date: _________________
Service Provider’s name and contact details: For further information on this Statement, contact Relevant Person: Biddy Hughes (098) 27766/ (098) 56117
RISK ASSESSMENT TEMPLATE
Person(s) carrying out Risk Assessment: Tara Geraghty, Joan Collins and Biddy Hughes