Child Protection

Respond  is committed to promoting the highest standards of child protection in line with ‘Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children’ (2017). To this end we have recently updated our child protection policy ‘Making our Communities Safe for Children’.

This policy is being implemented within the organisation and being promoted on all of our family estates.

Our Child Protection and Welfare Policy aims to:

  • Promote the protection and welfare of children and young people within the organisation and on our estates.
  • Develop greater awareness of child welfare issues amongst our staff, volunteers and residents.
  • Provide clear guidelines for staff and volunteers on behaviour that protects children, staff and volunteers.

Our Child Protection and Welfare Policy sets out:

  • What might be a child protection or welfare concern?
  • Steps to be followed by staff if they become aware of a child welfare concern. All staff must pass on any child welfare concern to the Respond Designated Liaison Person (DLP). The DLP will then decide if the concern warrants reporting to Túsla.
  • Procedures to be followed if allegations are made against Respond staff or volunteers.
  • Respond’s internal child protection responsibilities and structures.
  • Good practice guidelines for working with children and young people.
  • Contact details for local Túsla Children and Family Services.

Respond Child Protection Policy can be found here . Copies of the policy are available in each of our Community Buildings or are available from our Resident Support Workers. If you would like to print the information leaflet on our Child Protection Policy, please click here