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Safeguarding Children,
Young People, and
Adults at Risk

Edmund Rice Community Services is committed to creating a culture and environment of safety and wellbeing for all children, young people, and adults.

 

As an organisation, we maintain a focus on Safeguarding where we seek to ensure that children, young people, and adults at risk, are provided with the fundamental right to be kept safe.

 

All Edmund Rice Community Services have a zero-tolerance approach toward abuse. It is therefore paramount that all individuals within our organisation and communities take personal and professional responsibility to ensure that each and every child, young person, and adults at risk under our care are kept free from all forms of harm and abuse. It is our commitment to ensure that people are, and feel, safe and supported.

The communities and network partners of Edmund Rice Community Services are committed to recognising and demonstrating genuine respect for the inherent value, dignity, and worth of all. Through this commitment, we are also demonstrating respect for basic human rights as this is the cornerstone of developing strong communities in which every member feels safe and secure, together with having a sense of connectedness and belonging.

Part of the way we do this is through our 6 Safeguarding Principles:

Zero tolerance of abuse

Abuse towards a child or adult is not tolerated. The welfare and best interests of the child and adult are paramount.

Existence of risk for children

We acknowledge that barriers to child safety still exist within our society and, for that reason, persistent efforts to safeguard children and adults from harm are required.

Diversity respected

All individuals are unique and will be treated equally and fairly. The views of children and others are highly valued. Everyone has the right to be safe regardless of any diverse factors such as attributes, socio-economic status, nationality, sex, culture, ethnicity, beliefs, health, or any other status.

Professional responses

All concerns regarding the safety, development or wellbeing of a child or adult will be managed with a high degree of professionalism and appropriate confidentiality will be maintained. Our practices seek to ensure that all parties involved in the process will be appropriately supported.

Shared responsibility

Child protection is everyone’s responsibility, to ensure that a culture of safety is fostered and maintained within the organisation and its associated services.

Accountability

Processes related to effective documentation, monitoring, and review procedures are practiced that support and inform management and staff to ensure their safeguarding roles and responsibilities are being conducted to the best of their ability.

For a copy of our Safeguarding Policy, or to lodge a professional standards complaint, please contact the Edmund Rice Community Services Safeguarding Coordinator at safeguarding@edmundrice.org.

Safeguarding Resources

Safeguarding Staff Survey 2022

See results from our Safeguarding Staff Survey taken as part of Child Protection Week

The Rights of Children Webinar

Our Child Protection Week 2022 webinar with Edmund Rice International exploring the rights of children and our avenues for advocacy. 

Embedding Cultural Intelligence in Our Systems

Our Child Protection Week 2022 webinar with Mark Yettica-Paulson from Super Native Unlimited and Collaboration for Impact.