Tarantella Drama Child Protection Policy
Tarantella Drama believes that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard all children and young people and promote their welfare, by a commitment to practice which protects them.
We recognise that:
The welfare of the child/young person is paramount
All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
The purpose of the policy:
To provide protection for the children and young people who receive Tarantella Drama’s services.
To provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm.
This policy applies to all including visiting teachers, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of Tarantella Drama.
We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:
· Valuing them, listening to and respecting them
Adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made such as ensuring there is garda clearance and insurance where necessary
· Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately
Training and updating
The Tarantella Drama team must ensure that they have read and understood this policy and their role under the Protection of Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998. Designated Officers are required to be familiar with Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2011), the HSE Child Protection and Welfare Handbook (2011) and Our Duty to Care – The Principles of Good Practice for the Protection of Children and Young People(Depart of Health and Children, (2002).
This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis, and up-dated where appropriate.
For further information about what to do if you are worried a child is being abused, see the HSE child protection policy