Horizons Summer Camp Child Protection

Horizons Summer Camp is fully committed to safeguarding the well-being of all children and young people with whom we interact and to the implementation of policies and practices that protect children and vulnerable adults from harm.

The aim of Horizons Summer Camp’s Protection and Welfare Policy is to promote best practice in protection and set out a procedural framework to ensure that members of staff are equipped to make informed and confident responses to specific issues and take proactive steps to minimise risk with regard to protection and welfare issues.

In implementing its policy Horizons Summer Camp undertake to provide a safe environment and where the welfare of the child/young person is paramount. We will adhere to the recommendations of Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children, published by the Department of Children and Youth affairs.

We have implemented procedures covering but not limited to:

  • Code of Behaviour for all Staff;
  • Staff Management and Supervision;
  • Incidents and Accidents.

This policy was reviewed on the 4th April 2023

Signed:     Niall Brennan Designated Liaison Person

Code of Behaviour Policy for Staff

Our policy applies to all staff working for Horizons Summer Camp. We practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff to work with children.

Horizons Summer Camp employees accept and recognise their responsibilities regarding the safeguarding of children and will endeavour to carry these out by:

  • Having an awareness of the issues which cause children harm;
  • Following safe procedures and protocols for the recruitment and selection;
  • Being proactive in implementing this policy in so far as it is appropriate to their work.
  • Welfare is paramount in all decisions, activities and programmes involving vulnerable/young people and children and Horizons Summer Camp will provide safe spaces for them, ensuring they are safeguarded, physically and emotionally, in a healthy fun environment.
  • Actively listen to them, taking account of their expression of needs and concerns.
  • Value and respect them as individuals.
  • Involve them in decisions made about them, is as participative and appropriate manner as possible.

Horizons Summer Camp does not accept the following behaviours and will intervene to ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all children:

  • Sarcasm, name-calling, ‘Slagging’, and other forms of scapegoating.
  • Favouring some to the exclusion of others.
  • Abusive language or gestures.
  • Negative criticism of young people’s values, beliefs and opinions.
  • Negatively highlighting physical, social or emotional differences.
(These are extracts from the Horizons Summer Camp child protection policy, the complete document is available on request.)