It is the policy of Donegal Youth Service to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people in our services by protecting them from all forms of abuse. We are committed to providing a safe space for children and young people to grow, develop, learn, and have fun.
Donegal Youth Services Child Protection policy and procedures has been developed for the organisation and affiliated clubs, groups and projects in line with the principles outlined in Children First.
Child Protection is about promoting the welfare of children who avail of our services and creating a safe environment for both staff/volunteers and young people, where trust and willingness to listen to the young person is foremost.
We will endeavour to safeguard children by ensuring the following:
Garda Vetting is a very important part of child protection. Donegal Youth Service offers Garda Vetting to all staff and volunteers as part of Youth Work Ireland’s Garda Vetting system. Youth Work Ireland is a registered organisation with the Garda Central Vetting Unit. We vet approximately 2,000 applications a year on behalf of our Member Youth Services. Since the summer of 2016 the new e-vetting procedures have been rolled out nationwide. Please contact us to find out more.
When the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 comes into effect, it will become mandatory for persons working with children or vulnerable adults to be vetted by the Gardaí. The Act also provides for the use of “soft” information in regard to vetting. This is information other than criminal convictions where such information leads to a bona-fide belief that a person poses a threat to children or vulnerable persons. Under the Act the Garda Central Vetting Unit will become the National Vetting Bureau and the vetting procedures will be put on a statutory basis.
The types of work or activities where people working with children and vulnerable adult will require vetting include:
For any information or queries on Garda Vetting contact Lorraine Thompson: firstname.lastname@example.org or Charlene Logue: email@example.com. Or call the DYS head office on (074) 91 29630.