The fundamental key issue is children need to be safe.
Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) requires Ireland needs to be protecting and supporting children. State parties will take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.
All organisations that are funded by the State and have contact with children are required to have a fundamental duty of care to keep children safe. The first step in achieving these high standards of practice is to develop a child protection policy.
Contact us to discuss how we can help you develop policies and procedures within your organisation.