The Board of Trustees of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of our work and must be reflected in all of the charity’s policies, practices and activities.
Accordingly the Board of Management of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland has agreed the following child protection policy:
- The Board of Management has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools as part of this overall child protection policy.
- The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Mr Alan McKelvie
- The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Mr Tony Philpott.
In its policies, practices and activities, Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare:
The Charity will:
- recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations;
- fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters
- adopt safe practices to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children and protect workers from the necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves open to accusations of abuse or neglect;
- develop a practice of openness with students and encourage parental involvement in the awareness and prevention education of their children; and
- fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.
The charity will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adults we work with having special vulnerabilities.
In practice this will mean:
- schools or organisations where students are aged below 18 years of age must provide a teacher, teaching assistant or appropriately qualified person to supervise each class that our facilitators work with;
- if schools or organisations cannot provide class supervision we must be notified of this in advance so that we can provide a second team member to work with the facilitator;
- if our facilitators find themselves alone with students under 18 years of age they will either:
- immediately open the class door to allow viewing access, or;
- withdraw from the class until additional supervision arrives.
- all our facilitators and volunteers who visit schools or youth organisations must have cleared appropriate vetting procedures such as the Garda Vetting Process, or at a minimum be engaged in the process of achieving vetting clearance;
- in accordance with the principles of our awareness and prevention programmes, should a facilitator or volunteer come into possession of information regarding the welfare of a student, or be advised of information leading our representative to believe that a young person is at risk, they will immediately inform a member of the school staff, confidentially, of the information that may have come into their possession.
- 6.If a facilitator or other representative of the charity is made aware of, or sees for themselves, any action, activity or behaviour which might lead to damage or harm to the mental or physical well-being of a young person they will bring this matter to the immediate attention of the School Principal or an appropriate available manager or a HSE Social Worker and a member of An Garda Síochána.
The Board has ensured that, in relation to child protection, the necessary policies, protocols and practices as appropriate are in place in respect of all aspects of the charity’s life including the following:
- Recruitment Procedures – Volunteers and Facilitators working with young people
- The Code of Behaviour of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland
- The Health and Safety Policy of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland
- Work Experience programmes
- Data Protection
This policy has been made available to all Charity volunteers and workers and is readily accessible to schools and parents through our website or by post on request. A copy of this policy will be made available to schools we work with as part of the School Visits Introductory Pack.
This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Management once a year. The date of the next review will be in November 2016.
This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on 6th October 2012.
17th November 2013
6th November 2014
20th November 2015