West Offaly Training Summer Camp is fully committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of all children & young people with whom we interact. Through the implementation of strict policies and practices that protect children.
The aim of West Offaly Training Summer Camp’s Protection and Welfare Policy is to promote best practice in child protection. We have set up a procedural framework to ensure that members of staff are trained and equipped to make informed and confident responses to specific issues. Our trainers will actively respond to minimise risk regarding protection and welfare issues.
In implementing its policy West Offaly Training Summer Camp undertake to provide a safe environment where the welfare of the child is primary.
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We will adhere to the recommendations of;
Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children, published by the Department of Children and Youth affairs.
We have implemented procedures covering but not limited to:
- Code of behaviour for all staff.
- Confidentiality and record keeping:
- Recruitment and selection of staff.
- Staff management and supervision.
- Involvement of primary carers.
- Incidents and accidents.
Code of behaviour for staff
Our policy applies to all staff working for West Offaly Training Summer camp. We practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff to work with children.
West Offaly Training Summer camp employees accept and recognise their responsibilities regarding the safeguarding of children and will endeavour to carry these out by:
- Having an awareness of the issues which cause children harm.
- Following the procedures and protocols set out in this document for the recruitment and selection.
- Being initiative-taking in implementing this policy as far as it is appropriate to their work.
- Value and respect them as individuals.
West Offaly Training Summer camp does not accept the following behaviours and will intervene to ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all children:
- Sarcasm, name-calling or other forms of scapegoating.
- Favouring some to the exclusion of others.
- Abusive language or gestures.
- Negative criticism of young people’s values, beliefs, and opinions.
- Negatively highlighting physical, social, or emotional differences.