A new organisation to promote children’s rights in Ireland, Campaign for Children, will host an information evening on child protection in Tipperary, Thursday 14th of June. The event will be held at the Limerick Institute of Technology, Thurles, Co Tipperary at 6.30pm.
This public event plans to put into context the proposed new changes to child protection laws, and outline what they mean for individuals and organisations working with children and young people.
The proposed legislation, which is already present in the form of the Children First Guidelines, will make Ireland a safer place for children and is vital if we are to move away from the failures of the past.
Under the proposed legislation, the onus will be on individuals and organisations to ensure that they are safe places for children and that they work in co-operation with the statutory authorities.
Bart Storan, Executive Director, said: “The onus and responsibility for child protection is now on those individuals and organisations who deal with children, including voluntary, sporting, and service providers. Every organisation must have adequate policies and procedures in place to ensure the best possible environment for children.
Our recent history reminds us of the consequences of poor and often non-existent child protection policies, and we must now take a stand to ensure we cannot repeat the failures of the past.
Whilst we recognise that for many organisations this will represent a simple progression, we in Campaign for Children are anxious to ensure that it is as smooth a process as possible. To this end, our information evening will explain the implications of the proposed changes and put them in context”.