Child Protection Policy

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Final Show2How we safeguard the children and young people we work with

We in This is Creative Enterprise (TICE) are committed to a practice, which protects children from harm.

Staff and volunteers in this organisation accept and recognise our responsibilities to develop awareness of issues, which cause children and young people harm.

We will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by Adopting child protection guidelines through a code of behaviour for staff and volunteers:

  • Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers.
  • Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know,and involving parents and children appropriately.
  • Following carefully the procedures for recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers
  • Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training

We are also committed to reviewing our policy and good practice at regular intervals.

CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

Statement of Intent
It is the policy of This is Creative Enterprise to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from all forms of abuse including physical, emotional and sexual harm.
This organisation is committed to creating a safe environment in which young people can feel comfortable and secure while engaged in any of This is Creative Enterprise’s programmes, training events or workshops. Personnel should at all
times show respect and understanding for individual’s rights, safety and welfare, and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the ethos and principles of This is Creative Enterprise.

Guidelines for all TICE staff and volunteers:

ATTITUDES
Staff and volunteers should be committed to:

Treating children and young people with respect and dignity.
Always listening to what a child or young person is saying
Valuing each child and young person
Recognising the unique contribution each individual can make
Encouraging and praising each child or young person

BY EXAMPLE
Staff and volunteers should endeavour to:

Provide an example, which we would wish others to follow
Use appropriate language with children and young people and challenge any inappropriate language used by a young person or child or an adult working with young people.
Respect a young person’s right to privacy

ONE TO ONE CONTACT
Staff and volunteers should:

Not spend excessive amounts of time alone with children, away from others
In the unlikely event of having to meet with an individual child or young person make every effort to keep this meeting as open as possible.
If privacy is needed, ensure that other staff are informed of the meeting and its whereabouts

PHYSICAL CONTACT
Staff and volunteers should never:

Engage in sexually provocative or rough physical games,
including horseplay
Do things of a personal nature for a child or a young person that they can do for themselves. If such an incident arises, for example, where a child or young person has limited mobility, TICE staff should seek a member of school staff or leader of the youth organisation to deal with such an incident
Allow, or engage in, inappropriate touching of any kind

GENERAL
Staff and volunteers should:

Be aware that someone might misinterpret our actions no matter how well intented
Never draw any conclusions about others without checking the facts
Never allow ourselves to be drawn into inappropriate attention seeking situations such as tantrums or crushes
Never exaggerate or trivialise child abuse issues or make
suggestive remarks or gestures about, or to a child or young person, even in fun

RELATIONSHIPS
Staff and volunteers who are involved in relationships with other members of staff or volunteers should ensure that their personal relationships do not affect their role within TICE or the work of TICE.

SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT CHILD PROTECTION AND GOOD PRACTICE WITH, CHILDREN, STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS

Good communication is essential in any organisation. In Love for Life every effort will be made to assure that, should individuals have concerns, they will be listened to and taken seriously.

It is the responsibility of the management to ensure that information is available to, and exchanged between all those involved in this organisation and its activities. Some information is confidential and should only be shared
on a strictly need-to-know basis.

Children and young people
Children and young people have a right to information, especially any information that could make life better and safer for them. Love for Life will act to ensure they have information about how, and with whom, they can share their concerns, complaints and anxieties.

When sharing information, Love for Life personnel will be sensitive to the level of understanding and maturity, as well as to the level of responsibility, of the people with whom they are sharing.

Parents
Parents / persons with parental responsibility are ultimately responsible for their children’s welfare at all times, and they should be assured that their children are involved with a credible organisation.

We achieve this by:

Publicising information on all our primary, post-primary, youth and parenting work.
Publishing the named Designated Child Protection Person(s) and how to make a complaint on the internet site www.thisiscreativeenterprise.com
Publishing a full copy of the Child Protection Policy on the internet site www.thisiscreativeenterprise.com

Staff & Volunteers

As an organisation, which offers support and guidance to children and young people, it is imperative that each member of the TICE staff is aware of their responsibilities under the Child Protection legislation and has a working knowledge of TICE’s procedures. Each member of staff will receive updated training in Child Protection.

Other Bodies
A copy of our Child Protection Policy will be made available to any other appropriate body.

Full Copy available Here.