Child Protection & Welfare Policy

 

Cumann Rince Dea Mheasa (from herein called CRDM) is committed to ensuring that all necessary steps will be taken to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people who participate in Irish Dancing. This Policy document clearly demonstrates the importance placed by CRDM on the protection and safety of children and young people who participate in Irish Dancing.

 

This Child Protection and Welfare Policy is informed by:

 

Legislation:

    • The Child Care Act 1991
    • The Protection for Persons Reporting Abuse Act 1998

 

International Conventions:

    • UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child 1989 (Adopted by Ireland September 1992)
    • European Convention on Human Rights
    • Council of Europe Sports Ethics 1993

 

Government Guidelines:

    • Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children’s Sport in Ireland 1996
    • “Children First” 1999 National Guidelines for the Protection & Welfare of Children in Ireland
    • Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children’s Sport (Irish Sport’s Council 2000)
    • Our Duty to Care 2001

 

All children and young people who participate in Irish dancing should be able to do so in a safe and enjoyable environment. While doing so they should be protected from any form of abuse be it physical, emotional, sexual, neglect or bullying. The responsibility for protecting children lies with all adults involved in CRDM.

 

CRDM recognises and accepts its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, emotional or sexual harm and from neglect or bullying.

 

It is vital that children and young people who participate in CRDM activities are able to do so in a safe, enjoyable and quality environment.

 

In pursuit of this goal CRDM will:

    • Advise all members of CRDM (teachers, dancers, parents and spectators) of their responsibilities in relation to the welfare and protection of children and young people who participate in Irish dancing.
    • Operate within the recommended codes of conduct and best practice guidelines.
    • Provide a child protection and welfare module in staff induction and development programmes

 

The aims of the CRDM Child Protection Policy are:

    • To develop a positive and pro-active position in order to best protect all children and young people who participate in Irish dancing, in order for them to do so in a safe and enjoyable environment.
    • To provide appropriate guidance and advice to all involved in the organisation (dancers, teachers, spectators, judges and parents) in all matters concerning child welfare and protection.
    • To demonstrate best practice in the area of child welfare and protection.
    • To promote ethics and best practice standards throughout Irish dancing.

 

The key principles underpinning this Policy are that:

    • The welfare of the child is the first and paramount consideration.
    • All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse of any kind regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual identity.
    • All suspicions and allegations of abuse/poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
    • It is essential that we work in partnership with children and young people and their parents/carers. Health Boards have a statutory responsibility to safeguard and protect the welfare of children and CRDM is committed to cooperating fully with them in accordance with procedures as outlined in “Children First” National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children.
    • CRDM will also cooperate fully with the appointed Children’s Officer and the Gardai or other Police Authority in any investigation of child abuse in the Organisation.

 

Who are these rules attributable to?

CRDM regulations in regard to child welfare and protection are attributable to everybody who participates in the organization be it teachers, students, spectators and judges. The protection of the children and young people who participate in the organization is paramount.

 

The Protection and Welfare of Children

    • In line with recent legislation and Government Guidelines (The Child Care Act 1991 and The Protection for Persons Reporting Abuse Act 1998) in relation to child protection and welfare, it is mandatory that all Affiliated Organisations should operate to the CRDM recommended codes of conduct and best practice guidelines when participating in CRDM organised events.
    • Any act, statement, conduct or other matter, which harms a child or children, or poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children, shall constitute behaviour which is improper and brings the organisation into disrepute

 

Breaches are a disciplinary offence.

 

Cumann Rince De Mheasa through confirming this policy document has demonstrated its commitment to ensuring that children and young people can participate in all Irish dancing activities with their safety and welfare being of paramount importance.

It is essential that this document represents a process of continual improvement in the area of child protection and welfare in Irish dancing. It is the responsibility of all adults involved in Irish dancing to actively promote safe and best practice standards whilst being ever vigilant and aware of their responsibilities to children and young people in their care.

 

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