Child Protection Statement 2018-07-11T15:59:58+00:00

Child Protection Statement

1.1. Service Being Provided

The Peace Link Centre provides a wide range of children’s activities. We currently have:

  • Multi Activity Sports Camps
  • Birthday Parties
  • Teen Fitness classes
  • Pay as you go activity usage
  • Activity classes

There are also a number of groups who hire the facilities and provide different activities for children.

It is the policy of The Peace Link Centre to safeguard the welfare of all children by protecting them from physical, sexual, emotional harm and neglect. The Management and staff of The Peace Link Centre aim to ensure children feel they are in a safe, friendly yet focused environment where they can undertake challenging and enjoyable activities. We also want to make sure that children are protected and kept safe from harm while they are with the staff in this organisation. Most importantly we recognise that children are here to have fun and learn new skills.

1.2. Risk Assessment

We have carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while availing of our services.

In the table below is a list of the areas of risk identified and a list of the procedures for managing these risks.

1.3. Procedures

Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, The Children First: National Guidance, and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice. In addition to the procedures listed in our risk assessment, the following procedures support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our service:

 

  1. A procedure for appropriate recruitment and selection of employees, volunteers, work experience students and promotion of employees.
  2. A procedure for implementing the Garda vetting requirements for all relevant employees and volunteers: (reference National Vetting Bureau – Children and vulnerable persons Act 2012-2016)
  3. A procedure for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm.
  4. A clear comments and complaints procedure for parents and children to voice their concerns or lodge complaints if they feel unsure or unhappy about any issue as well as a separate child protection email address.
  5. A procedure for maintaining a list of persons within our organisation who are mandated persons.
  6. A procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct of a child availing of our service made against workers / volunteers / work experience students.
  7. A procedure for the management of allegations of misconduct or abuse by employees.

All procedures available on request.

1.4. Procedures

We recognise that implementation is an ongoing 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 July 2019, or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

Item Number Hazards Identified Worst Case outcome Current Control Measures in Place Likelihood Score Rating
1 Inadequate adult supervision of Children 5 Under 12’s to be supervised by an adult, regular staff/observation of 12 to 18 year olds. Child to adult ratio in place, 1 adult to 10 children 1 5 Low
2 Children’s Birthday Party are booked for 20, but if over 20 shows up. Only 2 adults present. 5 On booking Guardian are requested to have 2 adults present at all times during the party. We provide 1 supervisor, this allows for up to 30 children to attend.  If more than 30 children turn up, another staff member will be asked to supervise. Additional charge applies for more than 20 children. 3 15 Medium
3 Public facility open to all users 4 Under 12’s to be supervised by an adult, regular staff/observation of 12 to 18 year olds. 2 8 Medium
4 Children’s changing areas 4 Children are allocated their own changing room and are supervised by an adult. Children are not allowed to use the adult Gym changing rooms. 3 12 Medium
5 Young people changing areas 4 Groups of young people 16-18 years old are allocated their own changing room. 1 4 Low
6 16-18 year olds can use our Gym and use the adult changing areas. 3 Regular monitoring of Gym changing room by Staff. 2 6 Medium
7 Smart phones/Pictures of children/Young people without consent 4 External group actives control Smart phone/Picture usage. If pictures are required for the Peace Link activities consent is requested from parents/Guardians. 2 8 Medium
8 Smart phones/Pictures of Young people without consent 4 Gym is supervised and staff are vigilant to prevent photos be taken without consent. 2 8 Medium
9 Staff member of group been left in a 1 to 1 situation with a child. 3 Under 12’s to be supervised by an adult, regular staff/observation of 12 to 18 year olds. Child to adult ratio in place, 1 adult to 10 children 1 3 Low
10 Bullying 5 Anti-Bullying Policy 2 10 Medium

Severity Worst Case Outcome

5 4 3 2 1
Fatality Severe injury Lost Time Injury Minor Injury No Injury

Likelihood given precautions in place

5 4 3 2 1
Certain/Imminent Very Likely Likely Unlikely Remote

Risk Rating Table

High Medium Low
15-20 6-14 1-5