What is a Child Safeguarding Statement?
This is a written statement that specifies the service being provided and the principles and procedures to be observed in order to ensure, as far as practicable, that a child availing of the service is safe from harm.
The Child Safeguarding Statement should provide an overview of the measures that your organisation has in place to ensure that children are protected from harm. It may also refer to more detailed policies which can be made available on request.
The Child Safeguarding Statement must be completed within three months of the Children First Act 2015 coming into force. Organisations that are established after the Children First Act 2015 comes into force, must comply with the requirements within three months from the date the service commenced.
Upon completion, the Child Safeguarding Statement must be circulated to all staff members. It must be displayed publicly and made available to parents and guardians, Tusla and members of the public upon request.
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