child

safeguarding statement

Name of service being provided:

Little Red Kettle is a youth based theatre company that services Waterford City and County with its inclusive, interactive and educational programmes, through the medium of theatre and drama, catering to children from age 10 to 24 years old. We are based on 5 O’Connell Street, Waterford.  


Nature of service and principles to safeguard children from harm:

We at Little Red Kettle Theatre Company are committed to a child-centred approach to our work with children and young people.  We undertake and are committed to provide a safe environment and experience, where the welfare of the child/young person is paramount.  We will adhere to the recommendations of Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children, published by the Department of Health and Children, and the Children’s First Act 2015.

 

Activities and services provided:

  • Interactive Touring Play (School visits)

  • Summer Play/ Summer Camp

  • Halloween/Easter Camps – Workshops – weekend/day workshops

  • Outreach i.e. Traveller Youth Project and additional projects

 

We believe children have a right to learn in an environment where they feel safe, secure and protected.  We undertake to provide an environment free from abuse in all of its forms:     

  1. Emotional

  2. Physical

  3. Neglect

  4. Sexual


 

Risk Assessment:

We have carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while availing of our services. Below is a list of the areas of risk identified and the list of procedures for managing these risks.

Procedures:

Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in accordance with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015 and Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children, published by the Department of Health and Children, and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice.

 

In addition to the procedures listed in our risk assessment, the following procedures support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our service:

 

We have implemented procedures covering:

  • Code of behaviour for all staff   

  • Reporting of suspected or disclosed abuse

  • Confidentiality

  • Recruitment, training, and selecting staff

  • Managing and supervising staff

  • Involvement of primary carers  

  • Allegations of misconduct or abuse by staff

  • Complaints and comments

  • Incidents and accidents

 

Where we work with children through an external organisation (e.g., school, community group) that has the direct contact with the primary carer our child protection policy will be implemented in cooperation with or through that organisation, where appropriate.

 

Implementation:

We recognise that implementation is an on-going process. Our service is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our service.

 

Review:

This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed annually or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

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Little Red Kettle

Garter Lane Gallery  |  5' O' Connell Street  |  Waterford  |  X91 ER27