CARI Safeguarding Statement

CARI is a voluntary organisation providing child centred specialised therapy and support to children, families and groups affected by child sexual abuse.

CARI has two full time centres based in Dublin and Limerick.  CARI staff comprises of a total of 51 personal.

CARI Dublin
110 Lower Drumcondra Rd
Dublin 9
Tel: 018308529

CARI Limerick.
CARI House
Ennis Rd,
Limerick
Tel: 061582224

  • CARI provides therapy to children up to 18 years who have experienced child sexual abuse.
  • CARI provides therapy to children up to (and including) twelve years old, who present with sexually harmful behaviour.
  • CARI provides a child accompaniment support service (CASS).  CASS service aims to provide both emotional and practical support to children who are witnesses in any criminal trial.
  • CARI provides accompaniment at CASATS (Child and Adolescent Sexual Assault Treatment Service) in Galway and also at Rotunda SATU (Sexual Assault Treatment Unit) in Dublin.   Each child and family will have a fully trained, Garda vetted volunteer present during their time at the unit to provide emotional and practical support.

CARI is committed to protecting children from harm.  Management and staff in this organisation recognise that the welfare of children is paramount and our service endeavour to safeguard children.  CARI aims to create a safe and healthy environment for the young people with whom we work and we are committed at all times to ensure the safety and welfare of children. CARI operates within the National Children’s First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children. CARI believes in promoting the general welfare, health, development and safety of children. The welfare of children is of paramount importance.

CARI’s 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.

CARI Child Protection Policies include:

  • Recruitment and selection of staff, volunteers, therapists, board members and fundraisers.
  • Code of behaviour
  • Staff and volunteer training
  • Confidentiality
  • Record keeping
  • Issues regarding children’s parents and family
  • Working in partnership
  • Definition and recognition of child abuse
  • Reporting child abuse concerns to the Designated Person
  • Reporting suspected child abuse to the statutory authorities
  • Allegations of child abuse against employees or volunteers additional procedures
  • Comments, compliments and complaints other than allegations of abuse
  • Accident and incidents
  • Procedure for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm
  • A clear reporting procedure to respond to concerns around children’s welfare and safety.
  • A code of behaviour for staff and volunteers.
  • A safe recruitment procedure
  • A procedure to respond to accidents
  • A procedure to respond to complaints
  • CARI therapists are all mandated persons.
  • Have a Designated Liaison Person and a Child Protection Officer.
  • Provide induction training around CARI’s child protection policy
  • Provide supervision and support for staff and volunteers in contact with children
  • Share information about the child protection policy and good practices with families and children
  • Reviewing CARI’s child protection policy and practices on a regular basis

All CARI policies are available upon request.

Risk assessment

We have carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while availing of our services. The following is a list of the risks identified and the list of procedures for managing these risks.

1. Risk Identified: Allegation of abuse or misconduct against workers/volunteers of a child availing of our service

Procedure in Place to Manage Risk Identified: CARI Child Protection Policy Document clearly outlines the procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct against workers/volunteers of a child availing of our service.  (Section 13)  The only time a child is alone with an adult is in the therapy room with their therapist.  CARI has placed glass panels on all the child therapy rooms.

2. Risk Identified: Recruitment

Procedure in Place to Manage Risk Identified: CARI Child Protection Document outlines the procedure for the safe recruitment and selection of workers and volunteers.  (Section 3)  CARI practice was amended to comply with the provisions of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012-2016.  All CARI staff, volunteers and Board members are Garda Vetted.  All appointments or contracts of employment with CARI are offered subject to Garda Vetting.  Employment will not commence until the vetting process has been completed. CARI is in full compliance with the requirements of this act.

3. Risk Identified: Child Protection Concern / Training

Procedure in Place to Manage Risk Identified: CARI provides ongoing child protection training to all staff and volunteers to raise awareness within the organisation about potential risks to children’s safety and welfare. All staff, volunteers, therapists, board members and fundraisers are made aware of their duty to report concerns or disclosures of abuse that they receive in the course of their duties to CARI’s Designated Liaison Person.

4. Risk Identified: Reporting Child Protection Concerns from staff/volunteers

Procedure in Place to Manage Risk Identified: CARI therapists are all mandated persons.  Relevant Person is appointed by the National Head of Therapy from one of the psychotherapy team.  The roles and responsibilities of the Relevant/Designated Liaison Person are outlined in (Appendix 1) of the CARI Child Protection Policy.  The Reporting Child Protection Concerns Form for all CARI Staff and Volunteers (Appendix 13) in the CARI Child Protection Policy Document needs to be completed by the staff member. Failure to do so is a failure in duty to care and can lead to disciplinary action.  If the Designated Liaison Person is unavailable the Child Protection Officer can be contacted.  The roles and responsibilities of the Child Protection Officer are outlined in (Appendix 2) in CARI Child Protection Policy. The Designated Liaison Person acts as a resource person to staff members who have any child protection concerns.   A list of the Designated Liaison Persons and the Child Protection Officer is displayed in prominent locations throughout the centres.  Any changes will be immediately amended on the displayed notices.  As defined in the Children First Act 2015, mandated persons have a statutory obligation to report concerns which reach a particular threshold to TUSLA.  All CARI procedures and policies are available.

5. Risk Identified: Reporting Child Protection Concerns to TUSLA

Procedure in Place to Manage Risk Identified: The Designated Liaison Person and Child Protection Officers names and contact details are displayed in all relevant areas of CARI.  The Designated Liaison Person acts as a liaison person with outside agencies and also as a resource person to staff members or volunteers who have any child protection concerns.  CARI Child Protection Policy Document (Section 11&12) clearly outline these procedures.  The Child Safeguarding Statement is provided to all staff, volunteers or any other persons involved with the service.  The Child Safeguarding Statement is also published on CARI website. www.cari.ie  The Child protection Statement and CARI policies are available to parents, guardians on request and a copy of these will be made available to TUSLA on request.

6. Risk Identified: Confidentiality

Procedure in Place to Manage Risk Identified: All CARI staff, volunteers, therapists, board members and fundraisers are required to sign a confidentiality agreement (Appendix 7) in CARI Child Protection Policy. CARI respect the client’s right to privacy and anonymity inside and outside of the CARI Centres.  Clients and families are provided with a confidentiality form explaining the limits to confidentiality (Appendix 4). Any research or evaluation cannot be done without clients consent (Appendix 9).

Issues of confidentiality are explicitly dealt with in the CARI Code of Ethics. (CARI Clinical Policies)

7. Risk Identified: Record Keeping

Procedure in Place to Manage Risk Identified: CARI has clear procedures in relation to record-keeping of all child protection and welfare concerns.  These are outlined in CARI Child Protection Policy (Sections 11&12).  All records in relation to children at risk are standardized in all CARI centers.  Therapy notes, helpline notes, CASS notes and CASAT notes are all kept securely.  CARI’s full policy on record keeping is outlined in Section 7 in the CARI Child Protection Document.  All records are kept securely.

8. Risk Identified: Working in Partnership/Joint Working

Procedure in Place to Manage Risk Identified: CARI’s policy is co-operation with TUSLA Child and Family Agency on the sharing of their records where a child welfare or protection issue arises.    CARI seeks to work in partnership with any other agency/service when such a liaison will benefit the child and their family.  This includes statutory and non-statutory services.  CARI is committed to sharing information in relation to child protection with TUSLA Child and Family Agency and therapists are available to liaise in the best interest of the child.  CARI will share what is necessary and proportionate in the circumstances of each individual case.  This is in keeping with the principles of Data Protection which recognise that in certain circumstances information can be shared in the interest of child protection.  Parents/carers sign consent to exchange information for the purpose of post assessment therapy (Appendix 8) in the CARI Child Protection Policy.

9. Risk Identified: Physical injury to a child

Procedure in Place to Manage Risk Identified: Children remain under adult supervision at all times on CARI premises and are not left unattended.  The procedures for dealing with any accident or injury to a child are outlined in the CARI Child Protection Policy (Section 15).

Implementation

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 December 2018, or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

Relevant Person

Dublin office:
Ali Robertson,
CARI House,
110 Lower Drumcondra Road,
Drumcondra,
Dublin 9.
Tel:  018308529

Relevant Person

Limerick office:
Monique McEvoy,
Psychotherapist,
CARI House,
Ennis Road,
Limerick.
Tel:  061582224

Providers name:

CARI
110 Lower Drumcondra Road,
Drumcondra
Dublin 9.

Signed: Monica Murphy, National Head of Therapy.