Child Safeguarding Statement

CES supports a range of agencies, government departments and service providers throughout the island of Ireland to design, implement and evaluate new and innovative approaches to complex social problems. CES puts evidence and implementation at the heart of what we do.

Although CES itself does not provide direct services to children, CES staff 1 undertake work with ‘relevant services’ 2 and occasionally in that work may have indirect and supervised contact with children. The level of contact between CES staff and children and young people is relatively small, however their safety, welfare, and well-being is of paramount importance. We therefore intend to implement policies, procedures and actions necessary to ensure their protection, whatever and wherever the contact.

CES works in partnership with other organisations as set out in its Corporate Strategy, vision and purpose statements. If during the course of our work with partner organisations CES identifies child safeguarding concerns or issue, these will be communicated and escalated through formal mechanisms at the earliest opportunity.

Children and young people who visit CES offices do not have access to the internet, nor do they have the use of CES smart phones, so no risk is posed in this regard.

Guiding Principles

The following principles underpin CES’s approach to child safeguarding and apply to all CES staff.

  1. Our priority is to ensure that the welfare and safety of every child who comes into contact with our organisation is paramount
  2. Our guiding principles and procedures to safeguard children reflect national policy and legislation and we will review these principles and child safeguarding procedures every two years
  3. All children have an equal right to attend a service that respects them as individuals and encourages them to reach their potential, regardless of their background
  4. We are committed to upholding the rights of every child 5 who comes into contact with our organisation, including the right to be kept safe and protected from harm, listened to and heard
  5. Our guiding principles apply to everyone in our organisation whether they are undertaking work in CES offices or undertaking work in other locations on behalf of CES
  6. All staff must conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of our organisation.

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