Thurles Halloween Arts Festival

Child Safeguarding Statement

 

 

  1. Name of service being provided:

Workshops for children and young people

 Ghost Train Experience for families

Outdoor fireworks family night

Outdoor / Indoor family shows ( including street entertainers )

 

  1. Nature of service and principles to safeguard children from harm (brief outline of what our service is, what we do and our commitment to safeguard children):

Thurles Halloween Arts Festival provides a range of programmes and events for children and young people. All workshop leaders, committee members and volunteers are Garda vetted and adhere to our code of practice for working with children and young people.

 

 

  1. Risk Assessment

We have carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while availing of our services. Below is a list of the areas of risk identified and the list of procedures for managing these risks.

 

 

Potential Risk:

Workshop leaders, artists and volunteers unsuitable for working with children

Procedure in place to identify risk:

Implement procedure for the safe recruitment and selection of workshop leaders, artists and volunteers to work with children

 

Potential Risk:

Workshop leaders, artists and volunteers ill-equipped to safeguard children from harm

Procedure in place to identify risk:

Implement procedure for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information

 

Potential Risk:

Child unsure about how or to whom to report an issue

Procedure in place to identify risk:

Ensure reporting procedures are accessible and easily available

 

Potential Risk:

Person unsure as to how or to whom to voice a concern about a child at risk

Procedure in place to identify risk:

Ensure reporting procedures are accessible and easily available

 

Potential Risk:

Inappropriate use or dissemination of children’s images or information

Procedure in place to identify risk:

Ensure all staff and volunteers adhere to social/media procedures including consent sought for the taking and use of images

 

 

  1. Procedures

 

 

Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice.

 

 

 

  1. Implementation

 

 

We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our service is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our service.

 

 

This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on 20th March 2019 or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

 

 

Signed: Jim Ryan

 

Chairman Thurles Halloween Arts Festival

 

 

For queries, please contact Ellen Dunican, Designated Liaison Person

[Relevant Person under the Children First Act 2015]