Child Safeguarding Statement
- Name of Service : Longford Community Resources clg – LCRL
- The services we provide are: LCRL is Local Development Company. As the Local Development Company for County Longford, the core purpose of Longford Community Resources Clg is to promote rural development and tackle social exclusion.
The service we provide are as follows:
- Leader (Rural Development Programme),
- The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)
- The TUS Programme
- The Rural Social Scheme
- County Longford Volunteer Centre
- County Longford Traveller Primary Healthcare Project
- County Longford Youth Service.
- Principles to Safeguard Children from Harm:
Longford Community Resources clg is committed to the principles laid out in Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017. These are:
- The safety and welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.
- The best interests of the child should be paramount.
- The overall aim in all dealings with children and their families is to intervene proportionately to support families to keep children safe from harm.
- Interventions by the State should build on existing strengths and protective factors in the family.
- Early intervention is key to getting better outcomes. Where it is necessary for the State to intervene to keep children safe, the minimum intervention necessary should be used.
- Children should only be separated from parents/carers when alternative means of protecting them have been exhausted.
- Children have a right to be heard, listened to and taken seriously. Taking account of their age and understanding, they should be consulted and involved in all matters and decisions that may affect their lives.
- Parents/carers have a right to respect, and should be consulted and involved in matters that concern their family.
- A proper balance must be struck between protecting children and respecting the rights and needs of parents/carers and families.
- Child protection is a multiagency, multidisciplinary activity. Agencies and professionals must work together in the interests of the children.
- Risk assessment of potential harm to children whilst availing of our services:
|Risk Identified||Procedures in place to manage identified risks|
|1||A member of the organisation fails to report an issue or concern of harm in relation to a child or young person engaging in LCRL services or fails to report a retrospective disclosure from a young person||
|2||A staff member or volunteer could harm a child or young person by not maintaining boundaries, behaving inappropriately or developing an inappropriate relationship with them during or outside of activities
|3||A child may be harmed if a staff member or volunteer failed to report any inappropriate behaviour that may or may not be named in the organisations Code of Behaviour, by a colleague towards a child or young person
|4||A child or young person may be harmed by being bullied or abused by another child or young person during activities, after activities, on the premises or via social media
A child or young person could be harmed if misconduct by another child towards them was unchallenged and left to continue
|5||A child or young person could be harmed if the organisation failed to provide a physically safe environment leading to accidents or incidents
|6||A child or young person may be harmed if the organisation fails to manage multi-purpose situations appropriately i.e. where adult members of the public may be on the premises or be encountered during external activities/events
|7||A child or young person may be harmed if they left the group unattended or if they were collected by an inappropriate person (flight and kidnapping concerns)||
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 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 services.
- Procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct against workers/volunteers by a child while 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 mandated persons.
- Procedure for appointing a relevant person.
All procedures listed are available on request.
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 services. This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on March 11 2022 or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.
C.E.O, Longford Community Resources clg.
Pat O Rourke
Chairperson, Longford Community Resources clg.
Date: March 2020 – March 2022
For queries please contact: Sarajane Mc Naboe, firstname.lastname@example.org / 043 33 45555
Relevant Person under the Children First Act 2015