Cluain Mhuire Service has adopted in full the HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy 2016. It is the policy of the Cluain Mhuire Services to promote the safeguarding and welfare of children and to help protect them from physical, sexual and emotional harm and neglect as outlined in the Children First, National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2011);
Cluain Mhuire Service respects the confidential nature of information that our service users and families share with us. However there are exceptions and limits to this confidentiality. Indicators which suggest serious concern for the welfare of a child will be addressed in a fair and impartial manner and in accordance with the principles of the HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy 2016 and the Children First Bill and Children First guidelines.
When reports of concerns, or allegations of abuse and/or neglect, past or present, (including Adult reports of past abuse) are made to staff in the Clinic, these will be followed up and if reasonable grounds for concern are established,will be forwarded to the Tusla Child and Family Services for assessment and investigation.
Cluain Mhuire Staff Recruitment:
All Cluain Mhuire staff are appropriately recruited, selected, trained and supervised in accordance with their role and agency policy. This includes Garda clearance prior to their appointment. We also ensure training is provided to all staff in relation to our Child Protection and Welfare Policy.
The legislation and guidelines detailed below have been used to inform the Cluain Mhuire Service Child Safeguarding policy:
The Child Care Act 1991; Freedom of Information Act 1997 & 2003; Protection for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998; The Child Care Act (2001); Children First Bill 2014, Children First, National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2011); Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook (2011): HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy (2016).