Under the Children First Act 2015, all organisations providing ‘relevant services’, to children and families must have a Child Safeguarding Statement in place. This is a written statement, informed by a risk assessment, that specifies the service being provided and the principles and procedures to be observed in order to ensure, as far as practicable, that a child availing of the service is safe from harm.
Child Safeguarding Statements must be reviewed within 24 months or following any material change in any matters to which the Statement relates.
The safety, welfare and development of children and young people are core objectives and priorities for the HSE. One Child Safeguarding Statement cannot adequately capture the range of activities provided by all HSE relevant services. As such, Senior Accountable Managers in the HSE are responsible for ensuring that appropriate risk assessments are undertaken and Child Safeguarding Statement(s) are in place for relevant services under their remit.
The HSE Children First National Office has developed a Guidance for HSE Child Safeguarding Statements and Risk Assessment Workbook for relevant services undertaking child safeguarding risk assessments and developing Child Safeguarding Statements:
All staff should make themselves aware of the content of the Child Safeguarding Statement for their service, the potential risks of harm identified, and the policies and procedures in place to safeguard children.