Child Protection

Supporting the youth work sector to safeguard children and young people

The Child Protection Programme is based in the National Youth Council of Ireland and is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

The work of the Child Protection Programme includes:

  • Building the capacity of youth work organisations to safeguard and protect their children and young people.
  • Developing and delivering child protection trainings to staff and volunteers at all levels of responsibility in youth work organisations.
  • Providing access for small youth work organisations to the National Vetting Bureau through membership of the Youth Work Garda Vetting Consortium.
  • Advocating on behalf of the youth work sector for measures which safeguard and protect children and young people.

CHILD SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

The National Youth Council of Ireland is committed to the protection of children and young people with whom we work and to promoting good practice within our organisation.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q1.Who do I talk to if I am concerned about a child’s welfare?

If you have a concern about a young person it is very important that you take one of the following actions:

Report your concern to your designated liaison person within your organisation

If you do not have a designated liaison person, report directly to your local duty social worker in Tusla,The Child and Family Agency. www.tusla.ie

In an emergency or if a social worker is not available, contact your local An Garda Siochana.

Q2. What are the organisational requirements in relation to safeguarding and child protection?

All youth organisations have a responsibility and a duty of care for the protection and well being of the young people with whom they work. There are a number of measures that youth organisations must put in place to safeguard children from harm. These include the following:

A child protection policy and code of behaviour, a named designated liaison person, a safe recruitment and selection process for employees and volunteer which includes Garda vetting, procedures for dealing with allegations, supervision, support and training in child protection and safeguarding for all staff, volunteers and management.

Q3. What training programmes are available in child protection?

For the youth work sector please see the training section of this website

However, if you are outside of the youth work sector please contact your national governing body or Tusla for information on accessing appropriate child protection training.

Q. 4 Where do I get information on Garda Vetting?

For information on Garda vetting please see the National Vetting Bureau of An Garda Siochana

https://vetting.garda.ie/

Alternatively you can contact the

National Vetting Bureau of An Garda Siochana,

Tel:+353 (0)504 27300Fax:+353 (0)504 27373

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