Safeguarding Children and Young People

Scouting Ireland has an obligation to all its members to provide an environment within which Scouting activities can be enjoyed in a safe, non-discriminatory and respectful manner.

 

Safeguarding our youth members should be paramount in everything we do and say. This item sets out the basics in overview, but you should keep yourself up to date on the Association’s Safeguarding policies and procedures.

 

As an adult in Scouting you should ensure that you and your team have completed the relevant training and are familiar with Scouting Ireland policies and the legal requirements in relation to the protection of children/vulnerable adults in the jurisdiction in which you operate; Republic of Ireland (ROI) or Northern Ireland (NI).

 

Scouting Ireland’s SID 39.05 - Code of Good Practice (COGP) for working with youth members contains key information and should be read by all adults in Scouting. It also contains useful fact sheets on social media, transport, medications and bullying.

 

If you think that you have a child protection issue/concern you should contact the Safeguarding Department at National Office. The Safeguarding Team will provide information on the best way to approach any issue/concern and provide advice.

 

Following the guidelines contained in the Code of Good Practice will go a long way towards ensuring our youth members are safe and it is also the best way to ensure that our adult members are protected too.

 

Where to get help

 

If you have any concerns on this subject, please contact the Safeguarding Team at National Office.

 

During normal office hours, you can reach the Safeguarding Team at National Office, by dialing 01 4956300 and asking for the Safeguarding Department.

 

If you consider that the child is in immediate danger please call the Garda Síochana or PSNI directly and then report to the Safeguarding Team as soon as possible.

 

Other useful materials

 

SID 40.05 - Reporting Procedures

Scouting Ireland - Vetting Documents