Northside Counselling Service – Child Safeguarding Statement
We in the Northside Counselling Service want to ensure that children and young people are protected and kept safe from harm while they are in contact with this organisation.
We do this through adhering to;
– Children’s First Guidelines
– Best Practice Guidelines in Recruitment and Supervision of Staff and Volunteers
For queries, please contact Karl Tooher – Relevant Person under the Children First Act 2015.
Northside Counselling Service can work with children and young people in the following programmes;
– Training/Education Programmes
The counselling service works with children and young people in the following ways;
– 1: 1 Counselling
– Group and /or focus based training/education programmes
In accordance 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 Northside Counselling Service recognise and work to the following Principles ;
Northside Counselling Service has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child/young person while availing of our services. Below is a list of the areas of risk identified and the list of procedures for managing these risks.
||Procedure in place to manage identified risk|
|1.||Unsuitable person working with young person or children||Recruitment Policy including Vetting for all appropriate staff. All our counsellors are trained by us and must attain certain standards to be allowed to provide counselling.|
|2.||Non-reporting of concerns of risk of harm or not being recognised by staff/volunteers||Induction for all relevant staff.
Child protection training for all relevant staff.
Circulation of Safeguarding Statement to all relevant staff and on display to the public.
|3.||1-1 counselling with a young person||Ensure appropriate suitable counsellor is appointed.|
|4.||Waiting area||Waiting area is open and observed by relevant staff|
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:
We recognise that implementation is an on-going 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 an annual basis, or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.
Signed: Karl Tooher (On behalf of NCS – provider)
(Karl Tooher CEO Northside Counselling Service)