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CARI Safeguarding Statement

 

CARI Child Safeguarding Statement

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 provides child centred therapy for children and adolescents who have been affected by 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’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:

·         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.

·         Have a Designated Liaison Person and a Child Protection Officer.

·         Provide induction training to staff in relation to 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.

 

 

Risk Identified

Procedure in Place to Manage Risk Identified

1.

Allegation of abuse or misconduct against workers/volunteers of a child availing of our service

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) 

 

2.

Recruitment

CARI Child Protection Policy 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.  (Appendix 17) in CARI Child Protection Policy. 

 

3.

Child Protection Concern:

Training:

 

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.

Reporting Child Protection Concerns from staff/volunteers:

 

The roles and responsibilities of the 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.  

 

 

 

 

 

5.

Lone Working with Children  in therapy rooms

1-2-1 therapy sessions are a valuable and necessary facet of CARI therapeutic work.  CARI will ensure as much as possible

that adequate safety precautions and practices are in place as outlined in CARI Lone Policy Document.  CARI have installed glass panels on all the child therapy room doors.  If possible clients will be accommodated to work with someone of preferred gender in cases where lone working is taking place.  A parent/carer is always present in the building.  The parent/carer will be asked to accompany the child to the bathroom if necessary. (CARI Child Protection Document Appendix 19)

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6.

Outreach Services: CASS and CASATS

Staff cannot work alone with a client outside of CARI building.  Another adult e.g. a parent/carer, Garda, doctor must be present.   CASS and CASATS volunteers may conduct lone working off site in some circumstances: 1-1 in a public place e.g. coffee shop.   CARI Lone Working Policy Document outlies these procedures in detail in the CARI Child Protection Document (Appendix 19).

 

7.

Reporting Child Protection Concerns to TUSLA :

 

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. 

 

8.

Confidentiality

 

All CARI staff, volunteers, therapists, board members and fundraisers are required to sign a confidentiality agreement (Appendix 4) 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 (Appendix7) in the CARI Child Protection Policy Document. 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)

 

9.

Record Keeping:

 

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 7.1) in the CARI Child Protection Policy Document.  All records in relation to children at risk are standardized in all CARI centres.  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. 

 

 

10.

Working in Partnership/Joint Working: 

CARI’s policy outlines 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.        

 

11.

Physical injury to a child

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 (created December 2017), or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

 

 

Designated Liaison Person                                        Designated Liaison Person

Dublin office:                                                              Limerick office:

Louise Patterson.                                                        Monique Mc Evoy.

CARI House                                                                  Psychotherapist.

110 Lower Drumcondra Road.                                    CARI House,

Drumcondra                                                                Ennis Road.

Dublin 9.                                                                      Limerick.

Tel:  018308529                                                          Tel:  061582224

           

 

 

 

Monica Murphy.

National Head of Therapy.