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IDEGM-HR-10NameChild Safeguarding Statement
Revision1Approved ByJacqueline Daly
Approved Date20/08/21Review Date2023

References & Definitions

East Galway & Midlands Cancer Support: EGM
EGM-MA-01 Master List of Policies and Procedures

CLIMB Programme

CLIMB® is a programme for children aged 5-12 who are experiencing the impact of a parent’s, other significant adult’s, or a brother or sister’s cancer diagnosis.
CLIMB® is run over six weeks and the groups run in the evenings and Saturdays so as not to disrupt school attendance. It’s an enjoyable, sharing, interactive experience and a time for the children to come together to deal with their feelings. Throughout the programme the children will develop an understanding of cancer and from this understanding, the myths and fears that children can hold about cancer will be dispelled. The groups are creative, using drama, arts, and play. They are also based on having fun together and meeting new friends.
CLIMB® stands for Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery.

Risks

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

#Risk IdentifiedProcedure in place to manage identified risk
1Contact with adultsAll staff who may come in contact with children are Garda Vetted and have completed the Children First course
2Online safetyNo online aspect to the course and no internet-enabled devices used in the CLIMB ® Programme
3Minor injuries from arts & craftsActivities are supervised by a minimum of one adult who is trained in first aid.

Procedure

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. In addition to the procedures listed in our risk assessment, the following procedures support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our service:

  • Procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct against workers/volunteers of a child availing of our service; EGM-HR-01 – Complaints Policy
  • Procedure for the safe recruitment and selection of workers and volunteers to work with children; EGM-HR-06 Garda Vetting & EGM-HR-09 Volunteer & Therapist Application
  • Procedure for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm; Further Information @ Tusla
  • Procedure for the reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Tusla; Tusla Reporting Portal
  • Procedure for maintaining a list of the persons (if any) in the relevant service who are mandated persons; Kept by Director of Services Section 15-i
  • Procedure for appointing a relevant person. Appointed by Director of Services

All procedures listed are available upon request.

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 at the time noted above in the document info, or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.