Child Protection Policy Statement

Footprints Women’s Centre is committed to practice, which protects children and young people from harm. The Staff and the Management Committee accept and recognise our responsibilities to develop awareness of the issues, which cause children/young people harm. We believe that every child, regardless of age, has at all times and in all situations, a right to feel safe and protected from situations or practice that result in a child being physically or psychologically damaged. We believe it is the responsibility of those in charge to care for and develop children/young people’s potential by creating an environment in which individual needs are met.

The Children Order NI 1995 provides a framework for the care and protection of children. It is based on a clear and consistent set of principles designed with the common aim of promoting the welfare of children. This policy and procedure is based on the 5 key principles of the legislation: paramouncy of the welfare of the child, partnership with child, parents and agencies, protection of children, prevention of abuse and the recognition of parental responsibility.

  • The child/ren’s welfare is paramount and must over-ride all other considerations.
  • Intervention should be child centred and should involve a measured approach minimizing the potential for abuse, trauma or disbruption to the child/ren and maximizing the child’s involvement in the process.
  • Parents have the right to respect, consultation and involvement in matters which concern their family.
  • A proper balance must be struck between protecting children and respecting the rights and needs of parents
  • Multi-disciplinary/multi-agency information sharing, collaboration and understanding are essential to the safeguarding of children and to the promotion of their well-being.
  • While families have the right to confidentiality any information about child welfare issues should be shared on a need to know basis. Information shared for the health or protection of the child or protection of others is not a breach of confidentiality or professional ethics. Staff must be mindful of the criminal aspects of all cases under consideration

Implementing child protection guidelines as laid out by South Eastern Health Board’s Area Child Protection Committee procedures in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Children Order 1995

We endeavor to safeguard children/young people by:

  1. Adopting child protection guidelines through a code of behaviour for staff and volunteers;
  2. Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children/young people, parents, staff and volunteers
  3. Working in partnership, sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know and involving parents and children/young people appropriately;
  4. Following carefully the procedures for recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers;
  5. Managing staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.

We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice at regular intervals


Child Protection Policy 2014 122.5 KB
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