Child Protection Policy

The Children First Bill, 2014, has put elements of the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2011) on a statutory footing.


It is the policy of our service to ensure that children are protected and kept safe from harm while they are in our service.


The Bill provides for a number of key child protection measures, as follows:


A requirement on organisations providing services to children to keep children safe and to produce a Child Safeguarding Statement;


Stepping Stones complly with this legislation by:

Ensuring that we avail of training on Child Protection provided by the Health Service Executive and the Galway City & County Childcare Committee.
Giving parents, children and workers information about what we do and what they can expect from us.
Making sure that our staff are carefully selected, trained and supervised in accordance with our Recruitment Policies and Procedures.
Ensuring all staff are Garda Vetted.


Having reporting procedures and a named designated person (Trish Beakey) in place to deal with Child Protection Concern Ensuring that all staff and volunteers are informed of the Reporting Procedures.

Developing Codes of Behaviour amongst staff, amongst children and between staff and children.
Procedures are in place if there are any allegations made against staff.


Child Protection Policy


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