Child Safeguarding Statement

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Athena The Academy for Mental Health and Well-Being provides Counselling, Clinical Supervision, Training and Workshops. The purpose of this policy is to safeguard children, young people and their families on the premises.

Athena’s Child Safeguarding Statement is a guidance document for staff to identify and respond to any allegations or suspicions of child abuse or neglect. The document adheres to The Department of Children and Youth Affairs National Guidance for the protection and welfare of children, published in 2011 and The Children's First Act 2015. This Safeguarding statement is displayed on the Athena website.

Athena adheres to the Children's First Act 2015, and Article 1 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The definition of a child is a person below the age of 18 years, who is not, or has not been married. The Safeguarding policy applies to all staff members of Athena The Academy for Mental Health and Well-Being.

The following principles underpin the Child Safeguarding Statement;

 

  1. The welfare of the child is of paramount importance.
  2. Athena is committed to respecting the right to dignity and bodily integrity of every child, and to protect those rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as outlined in the Articles 2, 3, and 6.
  3. All Athena staff have a responsibility to protect children and have a duty of care to report child abuse as set out in The Children's First Act 2015, and in accordance with The National Guidelines for The Protection of Children 2011.
  4. Athena endorses The Children's First Act 2015 and are committed to developing policies and procedures in line with legislation.
  5. Athena will not knowingly engage any person, organisation, or fund any project that poses a risk to children.
  6. Athena will ensure that all staff receive appropriate training in Child Protection.
  7. Athena will ensure that their recruitment policy adheres to best practice and that all staff are Garda Vetted by the Garda Vetting Unit.