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Child Protection Policy

Carrowshee Park / Sylvan Hill Community Association. (Hereinafter: Organisation) fully recognises its responsibilities for Child Protection. Our policy applies to all staff (if any) members and volunteers (hereinafter ALL referred to as 'members') working with the organisation.
The Organisation’s. Management committee (hereinafter: Committee) is responsible for ensuring this policy is implemented.

There are four main elements to our policy, click element to view full details:

1.0 WE ESTABLISH A CARING, SUPPORTIVE AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT IN, WHICH CHILDREN CAN LEARN, AND DEVELOP.TO THEY’RE FULL POTENTIAL.

2.0 WE RAISE AWARENESS OF CHILD PROTECTION ISSUES AMONGST MEMBERS.

3.0 WE PRACTICE SAFE RECRUITMENT AND CHECK THE SUITABILITY OF MEMBERS

4.0 WE DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT PROCEDURES FOR IDENTIFYING AND REPORTING CASES, OR SUSPECTED CASES, OF ABUSE

 

 

 

 

 

1.0 WE ESTABLISH A CARING, SUPPORTIVE AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT IN, WHICH CHILDREN CAN LEARN, AND DEVELOP.TO THEY’RE FULL POTENTIAL.

1.1 We have an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
1.2 We ensure children know that there are adults in the organisation whom they can approach if they have concerns.
1.3 We ensure that members (and their parents if members are minors) have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the organisation for child protection by setting out its obligations in this policy.

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2.0 WE RAISE AWARENESS OF CHILD PROTECTION ISSUES AMONGST MEMBERS.

2.1 We ensure every member knows the name of the Designated Adult Member Responsible for Child Protection (hereinafter: CPO) and their role.
2.2 Every member (and parents of non-adult members) is entitled to a copy of this policy, which will be available to him or her. Paper copies will be supplied to members and parents on request.

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3.0 WE PRACTICE SAFE RECRUITMENT AND CHECK THE SUITABILITY OF MEMBERS

3.1 We recognise the potential danger of recruiting new members without knowing their background. The committee reserves the right to insist on police checks and to take references.

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4.0 WE DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT PROCEDURES FOR IDENTIFYING AND REPORTING CASES, OR SUSPECTED CASES, OF ABUSE

4.1 We recognise that as they work with children, adult members are well placed to notice the outward signs of abuse or neglect.
4.2 The problem of child abuse will not be ignored by anyone who works within our organisation.
4.3 We have a CPO who has received appropriate training and support for this role
4.4 We ensure all adult members understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and responsibility for referring any concerns to the CPO
4.5 The CPO will inform social services and / or PSNI of any disclosure, concern or suspicion of child abuse in order to protect the child from any further harm. The parents / guardians of the child will be informed immediately of any referral concerning their child unless it is suspected that he / she is responsible for the abuse.
4.6 Similar prompt action will ensue in the event of a complaint, disclosure, concern or suspicion against a member of our organisation.

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The Management committee of Carrowshee Park / Sylvan Hill Community Association