Child Safeguarding Statement

1. Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

Organization: Jane Hayes Visual Arts

Date: 01/01/2021

Prepared by: Jane Hayes

Activity/Context:

  • Art workshops and exhibitions for early years (0-6 years) audiences.
  • Locations include museums, galleries, schools and community spaces.

Identified Risks:

  1. Physical Harm:
    • Children interacting with art installations.
    • Potential for accidents during workshops.
  2. Emotional Harm:
    • Misinterpretation of artwork or instructions leading to distress.
    • Lack of engagement or inclusion.
  3. Inappropriate Behavior:
    • Adults or older children interacting with young participants.
  4. Neglect:
    • Inadequate supervision leading to harm or distress.
  5. Bullying:
    • Peer-to-peer bullying during activities.

Risk Mitigation Measures:

  1. Physical Harm:
    • Use child-safe, non-toxic materials.
    • Ensure installations are stable and secure.
    • Supervision by trained staff and volunteers.
  2. Emotional Harm:
    • Clear, age-appropriate communication.
    • Inclusivity training for myself & collaborators.
    • Support for distressed children.
  3. Inappropriate Behaviour:
    • Implement supervision policies.
    • Code of Conduct for participants.
    • Clear reporting mechanisms for any concerns.
  4. Neglect:
    • Maintain adequate adult-to-child ratios.
    • Vigilant supervision at all times.
  5. Bullying:
    • Implement anti-bullying policies and procedures.
    • Promote a positive, inclusive environment.

Responsible Person(s):

  • Jane Hayes and trained staff/volunteers.

Review and Monitoring:

  • Regular risk assessments before each event.
  • Feedback collection from participants and guardians.
  • Annual policy review.

2. Child Safeguarding Statement

Child Safeguarding Statement

Jane Hayes Visual Arts is committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of all children who engage with our work. She prioritise the voices and experiences of young children, ensuring their safety, inclusion, and enjoyment in all our activities. Her approach is grounded in best practices, adhering to the Tusla Child First National Guidance and continuous engagement with children and their guardians.

3. Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedure

Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedure

Purpose: To ensure the safety and wellbeing of children in all activities conducted by Jane Hayes Visual Arts.

Scope: This policy applies to all staff, volunteers, and participants.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Jane Hayes: Overall responsibility for implementation.
  • Designated Liaison Person (DLP): Responsible for reporting concerns to Tusla.Jane Hayes
  • Staff/Volunteers: Adhere to safeguarding procedures and report concerns.
  • Guardians: Support and follow guidance during activities.

Procedures:

  1. Recruitment and Training:
    • Thorough vetting of staff and volunteers.
    • Regular training on child protection and Tusla guidelines.
  2. Reporting Concerns:
    • Immediate reporting of any concerns to the DLP (myself).
    • DLP reports concerns to Tusla within 24 hours.
    • Documentation and appropriate action as per Tusla guidelines.
  3. Engagement with Children:
    • Use age-appropriate communication.
    • Respectful and inclusive interaction.
  4. Confidentiality:
    • Maintain confidentiality except where safety is at risk.
    • Information sharing on a need-to-know basis.

Review: Annual review of policy and procedures.

4. Code of Conduct/Behaviour

Code of Conduct

Jane Hayes is committed to the following:

  • Treat children with respect and dignity.
  • Use positive language and encouragement.
  • Avoid inappropriate physical contact.
  • Report any concerns about a child’s wellbeing to
  • Refrain from any form of discrimination or exclusion.
  • Follow guidelines set out in the Tusla Child First National Guidance.

5. Complaints Policy

Complaints Policy

Purpose: To provide a clear process for handling complaints related to child safeguarding.

Procedure:

  1. Submission:
    • Complaints can be submitted verbally or in writing to Jane Hayes.
  2. Acknowledgment:
    • Complaints acknowledged within 3 working days.
  3. Investigation:
    • Investigation conducted within 14 days.
    • Involvement of relevant authorities, including Tusla, if necessary.
  4. Resolution:
    • Findings communicated to complainant.
    • Actions taken to address the complaint.
  5. Appeals:
    • If unsatisfied, complainants can appeal to an independent body or Tusla.

6. Anti-Bullying Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Definition: Bullying is any form of aggressive behaviour that is intentional, hurtful, and repeated.

Preventative Measures:

  • Promote a positive, inclusive environment.
  • Up-to-date education onrecognising and addressing bullying.
  • Encourage open communication.

Reporting and Response:

  • Immediate reporting of bullying incidents to the DLP (myself).
  • Support for the victim.
  • Appropriate actions taken against the perpetrator.
  • Follow-up to ensure the bullying has ceased.

Review: Ongoing monitoring and annual review of the policy.


Signed: Jane Hayes  Date: 01/01/2021