Civil Defence Child Protection Policy

May 28, 2013

CIVIL DEFENCE CHILD PROTECTION POLICY March 2013 Updated. PDF 541KB

Civil Defence is committed to ensuring the protection of children and young persons. Civil Defence accept that the welfare of the Child is first and paramount. This Child Protection Policy has been developed to ensure consistency in our approach to interaction with such groups and to safeguard the rights of all Civil Defence Members.

Children have a right to be heard, listened to and taken seriously, taking account of their age and understanding, they should be consulted and involved in all matters and decisions that may affect their lives.

The policy also serves as a Guidance Document to Local Authorities in the development of safe management practices. Together with the Civil Defence’s Garda Vetting Policy, it aims to promote good practice and procedures which will ensure the welfare and integrity of all members of the Civil Defence organisation.

This policy will be reviewed by the Policy and Planning unit of the Civil Defence Branch every 2 years, or more regularly if required.