Safeguarding Children and Young People
At ERCSA we are continuously seeking to engage in best practice which works to prevent and minimize the risk of harm to children and adults who engage with any services run by, or in collaboration with ERCSA. We seek to ensure that all those who hold a duty of care towards children are aware of their responsibilities to respond to safety concerns that arise. We are guided by the following principles:
Abuse towards a child or adult is not tolerated. The welfare and best interests of the child and adult are paramount.
Existence of risk for Children
ERCSA acknowledges that barriers to child safety still exist within our society and, for that reason, persistent efforts to safeguard children and adults from harm are required.
All individuals are unique and will be treated equally and fairly. The views of children and others are highly valued. Everyone has the right to be safe regardless of any diverse factors such as attributes, socio-economic status, nationality, sex, culture, ethnicity, beliefs, health, or any other status.
All concerns regarding the safety, development or wellbeing of a child or adult will be managed with a high degree of professionalism and appropriate confidentiality will be maintained. Our practices seek to ensure that all parties involved in the process will be appropriately supported.
Child protection is everyone’s responsibility, to ensure that a culture of safety is fostered and maintained within the organisation and its associated services.
Processes related to effective documentation, monitoring, and review procedures are practiced that support and inform management and staff to ensure their safeguarding roles and responsibilities are being conducted to the best of their ability.
By working to uphold these principles and/or rights, we are seeking to recognise and demonstrate genuine respect for the inherent value, dignity, and worth of all. Through this commitment, we are also demonstrating respect for basic human rights as this is the cornerstone of developing strong communities in which every member feels safe and secure, together with having a sense of connectedness and belonging.
For a copy of our Safeguarding Policy click here.
To lodge a professional standards complaint contact the Edmund Rice Community Services Safeguarding Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org.