Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

What does my organisation need to do

As an organisation or an individual providing activities or services to children and families, you have an overall corporate duty and responsibility to safeguard the children in your care.  There are a number of steps you can take to provide a safe environment ;

  • Promoting general welfare, health development and safety of children
  • Ensuring safe management procedures are in place for all staff and volunteers including: robust recruitment, selection, supervision and support procedures
  • Developing guidance and procedures for staff and volunteers who may have reasonable grounds for concern about the possible abuse or neglect of child involved in your organisation
  • Identifying a Designated Liaison Person (DLP)
  • Ensuring that the organisations has procedures in place to deal with an allegation of abuse made against a staff/volunteer
  • Raising awareness in the organisation about potential risks to children’s safety/welfare
  • Developing procedures for responding to accidents and complaints
  • Developing and maintaining clear record keeping procedures
  • Ensuring a Code of Behaviour is in place to provide staff and volunteers with clear guidance on how to treat children and young people in the organisation
  • Developing a policy of partnership and cooperation with parents
  • Developing a policy of interagency cooperation with the Child and Family Agency and other agencies involved in the protection of a child
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