Child Safeguarding Statement

Child Safeguarding Statement for Focus Ireland Services

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Focus Ireland (including Focus Housing Association)

Housing and homelessness charity.

Focus Ireland provides a range of services across Ireland which encompasses Housing, Tenancy Sustainment, Advice and Information, Day Services and Youth Services. Focus Ireland staff members have a variety of levels of contact with children and young people through over seventy services. This ranges from minimal contact in our day services to one to one working in our Child support services and childcare. We employ nearly 500 staff across Leinster, Munster and Connacht. Read Focus Ireland's principles for safeguarding children.

Principles for Safeguarding Children

Focus Ireland believes that the safety and welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.

We aim to ensure that through all our interactions the best interest of the child is paramount.

Focus Ireland is committed to the safeguarding of children through the following processes...

Process for Safeguarding Children

Risk assessment:

Assessment and Identified Risks

We have carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to come to a child while availing of our services. Here you will find a list of the possible areas of risk identified and the list of possible procedures for managing these risks.

Risk Assessment Report

Procedures

Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the protection and Welfare of Children (2017)

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:

Procedures for Safeguarding Children

Implementation

We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process.

Our organisation is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding statement.

Implementation

Child Safeguarding Statement

Please contact us for printed statement to display in your service

For queries please contact the relevant person under the Children First Act 2015.
or contact Focus Ireland head office on 01 881 5900.

Focus Ireland

Staying true to our values and ethos