Child Protection Policy
DECLARATION OF GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival provides the following services/activities to children and young people:
Children’s arts workshops and children’s entertainment.
It is the policy of Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival to safeguard the welfare of all children. We believe that all children attending the Festival have the right to be protected, treated with respect, listened to and to have their views taken into consideration in all decisions affecting them.
Our guiding principles are underpinned by Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children, Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and current legislation such as the Children First Act 2015, Child Care Act 1991, Protections for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998 and the National Vetting Bureau Act 2012.
Our guiding principles apply to all volunteers, committee/board members and persons employed by the Festival. All committee/board members, volunteers and persons employed by the Festival must sign up to and abide by these guiding principles and our child safeguarding procedures.
We will review our guiding principles and child safeguarding procedures every two years or sooner if necessary due to service issues or changes in legislation or national policy.
Designated Person: Jamie Dooley-McCormack
Deputy Designated Person: Caroline Conway