The Department of Health and Children published Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children in 1999. These guidelines were updated in 2011 and are intended to assist people in identifying and reporting Child Abuse to ensure best practice in Child Protection in statutory and voluntary agencies.
Youth Work Ireland’s Child Protection policy and procedures have been developed for the National Organisation. Member Youth Services and their clubs, groups and projects will have their own local policy that will be in line with the principles outlined in Children First.
Child Protection is about promoting the welfare of children who avail of our services and creating a safe environment for both staff/volunteers and young people, where trust and willingness to listen to the young person is foremost.
We will endeavour to safeguard children by:
*This document is currently under review, awaiting legislation & guidance
Youth Work Ireland is a registered organisation with the Garda Central Vetting Unit. We vet approximately 2,000 applications a year on behalf of our Member Youth Services.
When the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 comes into effect, it will become mandatory for persons working with children or vulnerable adults to be vetted by the Gardaí. The Act also provides for the use of "soft" information in regard to vetting. This is information other than criminal convictions where such information leads to a bona-fide belief that a person poses a threat to children or vulnerable persons. Under the Act the Garda Central Vetting Unit will become the National Vetting Bureau and the vetting procedures will be put on a statutory basis.
The types of work or activities where people working with children and vulnerable adult will require vetting include:
For any information or queries on Garda Vetting contact Ethel in National Office.