Child Safeguarding Statement

Child Safeguarding Statement March 2018

  1. NAME OF SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES PROVIDED

 

Name of Service: Longford County Childcare Committee

Activities provided:

Longford CCC has operated under the National Childcare Strategy 2011-2013, the core objectives are still in place until the ‘Early Years Strategy’ is in place.

Key actions for Core Work in 2018:

  1. To support DCYA in the delivery of the following national childcare programmes including support to services in contracting, managing and compliance with these and any forthcoming extensions to these programmes during 2018 i.e. Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), Training and Education Childcare (TEC), Community Childcare Subvention (CCS), Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP), CCS Universal (CCSU), CCS Resettlement and Transition (CCSRT), Early Years Capital, Learner Funds
  2. To support the delivery of AIM and related initiatives including:-
    1. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
    2. Delivering AIM-related supports to services within respective regions
  3. To support the Department in building a national profile of services, need and capacity, to better target investment and initiatives
  4. To co-ordinate and administer small grants programmes and report to Pobal and DCYA.
  • Childminder Development Grant Administration
  • Parent & Toddler Grant Administration
  1. To provide support to all childcare service providers (community, private, childminders, parent and toddler groups, after-schools) in accordance with all statutory regulations, national policy and quality standards specifically in the areas of :-
  • Governance and board of management training and development
  • Leadership & management supports for early years managers
  • Crisis management supports including dedicated one to one supports to services at risk or of concern
  • Signposting in relation to staff qualifications and standards, training and continued professional development
  • Meeting new regulations and implementing the National Practice Frameworks
  • Delivery of Basic Child Protection and Welfare training and follow up policy development workshops
  • Supporting early years services to utilise PIP effectively
  • Undertaking research/consultation and the provision of information/data which will inform policy and or programme development when requested
  • Maintaining an efficient communications strategy for the dissemination and promotion information to childcare services and parents

 

Mission Statement:

To facilitate childcare providers to develop quality childcare services which respond to and cater for the childcare needs of local parents and their children and meets the objectives of the National Childcare Investment Programme and to continue to support and work with childcare providers, parents and other key stakeholders at local level.

 

Management Structure:

Longford County Childcare Committee is governed by a Board of Directors and Management Committee who approves the annual LIP and meet up to seven times a year to ensure good corporate and company governance. Longford CCC employs 5 staff; one Acting Coordinator, 2 Part time Support & Development Officers, 1 Part-time Administrator and 1 Part-time Clerical. The Co-ordinator is responsible for the day to day management of the company and staff. The Support & Development Officers are responsible for implementing the LIP and supporting parents and early year’s services including childminders. The Administrator oversees all administration duties on behalf of the Committee. The team has regular staff meetings on the implementation of the LIP.

 

  1. COMMITMENT TO SAFEGUARD CHILDREN FROM HARM
  • Longford County Childcare Committee is committed to safeguarding the children that are attending early years’ services in County Longford.
  • Longford County Childcare Committee believes that the welfare of the children attending early years’ services in Longford is paramount. We are committed to child-centred practice in all training programmes for staff working with children in Longford.
  • We are committed to upholding the rights of every child and young person who attends early years’ services in Longford, including the rights to be kept safe and protected from harm, listened to, and heard.
  • Our policy and procedures to safeguard children and young people reflect national policy and legislation and are underpinned by Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children, DCYA, 2017, Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Practice and Procedure, Tusla, 2018, and the Children First Act 2015.
  • Our policy declaration applies to all paid staff, committee/ board members, volunteers and students on work placement within our organisation. All committee board members, staff, volunteers and students must sign up to and abide by the policies, procedures and guidance encompassed by this policy declaration and our child safeguarding policy and accompanying procedures.
  • All Longford CCC staff are required to report any concerns about child protection and welfare to the designated liaison person (DLP). A child is a person up to the age of 18 years unless married. If an adult (over 18) discloses retrospective abuse the same applies and a report must be made to the DLP.
  • Longford CCC endeavour to be inclusive of all children regardless of socio economic background, culture, ‘race’, gender, disability, age or religion.
  • All children have the right to be protected from child abuse or neglect.
  • We do this by having the following procedures in place, reporting procedures, code of behaviour, confidentiality statement, and procedures for dealing with accidents, incidents and complaints. We have a mechanism for recording and storage of sensitive information, procedures for safe management activities, and procedures for dealing with allegations.
  • We recognise the importance of providing staff with a policy and procedures to support and protect children.
  • We will review our child safeguarding statement and accompanying child safeguarding policies and procedures every 2 years or sooner if necessary, due to service issues or changes in legislation or national policy.
  • Designated Liaison Person (DLP) for Child Protection
DLP:

Carrieann Belton

Deputy:

Louise Lovett

 

 

  1. RISK ASSESSMENT

 

In accordance with the Children First Act 2015 and Children First National Guidance for Protection & Welfare for Children 2017, Longford County Childcare Committee has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child in relation to the role of the Longford CCC staff in supporting early years’ services and parents of children attending early year’s services in Longford. A written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the Committee’s procedures for managing those risks is summarised below:

 

Risk Identified

 

Policies and/or Procedures in place to

manage Risk

Recruitment of staff to Longford CCC

 

Induction and Recruitment Policy

Code of Behavior for Staff

Pre-employment checks

Phone advice given by Longford CCC staff to services regarding concerns

 

 

Child Protection and Welfare Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement

Reporting form for Longford CCC Staff

DLP and deputy DLP in place.

Phone advice given by Longford CCC staff to

parents regarding concerns

 

Child Protection and Welfare Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement

Reporting form for Longford CCC Staff

DLP and deputy DLP in place.

Advice given to visitors to the office with

Concerns

Child Protection and Welfare Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement

Reporting form for Longford CCC Staff

DLP and deputy DLP in place.

Concerns raised in training Child Protection and Welfare Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement

Reporting form for Longford CCC Staff

DLP and deputy DLP in place.

Concerns raised on site visits

 

Child Protection and Welfare Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement

Reporting form for Longford CCC Staff

DLP and deputy DLP in place.

Longford CCC Staff and Committee are

updated on new legislation

 

Committee and staff updated on new legislation.

All Longford CCC staff completed e-learning online

Tusla Children First Module.

Child Protection and Welfare Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement

DLP and deputy DLP in place.

Early years services in Longford are aware

of new responsibilities

 

Briefings on new legislation held in Longford.

One to one information giving on new

Legislation when requested.

Information provided by email, phone, weekly

bulletin and website.

Children First training rolled out when revised.

Longford CCC Staff Garda Vetting

 

Garda Vetting Policy.
   
   

 

 

  1. CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

 

As required by the Children First Act 2015 and the Children First National Guidance for Protection and Welfare of Children, 2017 the following safeguarding policies, procedures, measures are in place:

 

  • Key Roles in Safeguarding

– A Relevant Person has been appointed for the Child Safe Guarding Statement

– A Designated Liaison Person and Deputy have been appointed

  • Child Protection and Welfare Reporting Procedures
  • Confidentiality Policy
  • Dealing with Allegations of Abuse or Neglect Against Employees
  • Managing Child Protection Records
  • Recruitment Policy
  • Garda Vetting Policy
  • Code of Behaviour for Working with Children on Site Visits for staff
  • Induction, Training, Supervision and Support of Staff
  • Complaints Policy

 

  1. IMPLEMENTATION AND REVIEW

 

 

  • Longford County Childcare Committee recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our Committee is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the accompanying child safeguarding policies and procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of early years services in Longford.
  • This Statement will be reviewed every 2 years or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.
  • This statement has been published on the Longford CCC website and is displayed in the reception area of our office. It has been provided to all staff, students and any other persons involved with the Committee. It is readily accessible to the public on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla if requested.
  • A relevant person, Carrieann Belton, is in place, as the first point of contact in respect of this Child Safeguarding Statement, and must ensure that any specific risks are identified, and that additional policies and procedures are developed, implemented and reviewed as necessary to manage these risks.

Signed: _______________________________               Date: _________________

Chairpersons Name and Contact Details:

Louise Lovett – Longford County Childcare Committee, Tel: 043 33 42505

For further information on this Statement, contact Relevant Person:

Carrieann Belton – Acting Co-ordinator, Longford County Childcare Committee, Tel: 043 33 42505

 

RISK ASSESSMENT TEMPLATE

Person(s) carrying out Risk Assessment:                                                                                                     Date:

Risk Identified Who is Responsible? What is Currently in Place to Manage the Risk What Future Actions are Needed?
 

 

Recruitment of staff to Longford CCC

 

 

Louise & Carrieann Induction and Recruitment policy Induction and Recruitment policy updated in line with new legislation Children First Act 2015 and Children First 2017.

Finalised by 30th of June 2018

 

Phone advice given by Longford CCC staff to services regarding concerns

 

Staff & Carrieann Child Protection and Welfare policy

Reporting Forms for Staff

Child protection and welfare policy updated – including forms and new location for forms.

Staff signed and read revised policy by 30th of June 2018.

Read Child safeguarding Statement by 11th March 2018.

Phone advice given by Longford CCC staff to parents regarding concerns Staff & Carrieann Child Protection and Welfare policy

Reporting Forms for Staff

Child protection and welfare policy updated –including forms and new location for forms.

Signed and read revised policy by 30th of June 2018.

Read Child safeguarding Statement by 11th March.

Advice given to visitors to the office with concerns Staff & Carrieann Child Protection and Welfare policy

Reporting Forms for Staff

Child protection and welfare policy updated –including forms and new location for forms.

Signed and read revised policy by 30th of June 2018.

Read Child safeguarding Statement by 11th March.

Concerns raised in training Staff & Carrieann Child Protection and Welfare policy

Reporting Forms for Staff

Child protection and welfare policy updated –

including forms and new location for forms.

Signed and read revised policy by 30th of June 2018.

Read Child safeguarding Statement by 11th March 2018.

Concerns raised on site visits Staff & Carrieann Child Protection and Welfare policy

Reporting Forms for Staff

Child protection and welfare policy updated –

including forms and new location for forms.

Signed and read revised policy by 30th of June 2018.

Read Child safeguarding Statement by 11th March 2018.

Longford CCC Staff and Committee are updated on new legislation Carrieann Regular updates given at staff and committee meetings. Completed online module by 30th of June 2018.

Received briefing by 11th March.

Longford CCC staff (BG) to attend refresher half day training (having completed the Always Children First foundation training) every 3 years.

Committee to ratify new policy 11th of June 2018 (next calendar committee meeting).

Signed and read revised policy by 30th of June 2018.

Read Child safeguarding Statement by 11th March 2018.

Early years services in Longford are aware of new responsibilities Staff Any new information is communicated with services via information sessions, email, website, bulletins, facebook and phone. Briefings held and one to one sessions.

Emails sent out with Information.

Bulletins sent out with information.

Website updated to include new links.

All completed by 11th March 2018.

Longford CCC Staff Garda Vetting Carrieann Garda Vetting Policy. Staff to be revetted every 5 years and any new staff to be vetted.