Child Safeguarding Statement
1. Name of service being provided:
The key functions of Galway Mountain Rescue Team (GMRT) is Search & Rescue in mountain areas, including the provision of first aid / medical care.
2. Nature of service and principles to safeguard children from harm:
Galway Mountain Rescue Team provides a professional emergency service to the highest possible standards. We are responsible for search and rescue in the mountains of Western Ireland, primarily in Galway and Clare and are available twenty-four hours a day, 365 days per year. We may also be called to assist one of the other 10 mountain rescue teams in Ireland or other emergency services.
GMRT is made up solely of volunteers who are either full members or trainee (aspirant) members. GMRT provide a search and rescue service under what can be at times in difficult physical conditions due to the operation environment often found in Irish mountains and outdoor areas.
We in GMRT ensure that insofar as possible children are protected while they are in the care of GMRT in any capacity. We undertake to provide a safe environment and experience, where the welfare of the child/young person is paramount.
All GMRT members, both full and trainee (aspirant) members will observe the following good work practices to ensure that every young person remains safe and has a positive experience whether during a search & rescue operation or an education event. All GMRT members who are in contact with young people as part of their role must adopt a child centred approach. This will be done by:
GMRT Code Of Practice
• Always put the young person’s welfare and safety first.
• Treat all young people equally and as individuals, with respect and dignity.
• Involve young people in decision-making, as appropriate.
• Use appropriate language and maintain awareness around language and comments made. If you think that something you said may have caused offence or upset, then try to address it in a sensitive manner.
• Respect a young person’s personal space.
• When providing first aid / medical care do so with the minimum intrusion while ensuring the best care is given.
• Keep a written record of any injury that occurs to a young person, along with details of treatment given.
• Lead by example and create an atmosphere of trust.
• Be cognisant of a young person’s limitations, due to a medical condition for example.
• Give young people encouragement, support and enthusiastic and constructive feedback rather than negative criticism.
• Ensure there are clear channels of communication and access to GMRT members if parents/guardians or young people wish to voice their concerns if there is something they are not happy about.
• GMRT members should not work alone with a young person. Where this is unavoidable, for example due to operational demands, it should be with the full consent and knowledge of the parents/guardians as far as this is practical and/or a senior member of GMRT i.e. Party Leader/Incident Manager
3. Risk Assessment
We have carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while availing of our services. Below is a list of the areas of risk we have identified and the list of procedures for managing these risks. All GMRT members will act within the GMRT Code Of Practice when dealing with young people (see above).
Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), and Tulsa’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice and the GMRT CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY & PROCUDURE 2018 – 2020. In addition to the procedures listed above in our risk assessment, the following procedures support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our service.
Procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct against GMRT Team Member or Trainee of a child availing of our service;
· Procedure for the safe recruitment and selection of Team Members to work with children;
· Procedure for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm;
· Procedure for the reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Tulsa;
· Procedure for maintaining a list of the persons (if any) in our service who are mandated persons;
· Procedure for appointing a relevant person.
5. 5. Implementation
We recognise that implementation is an on-going process. Our service is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our services.
This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed by 28th February 2020 or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.
Signed: Dermot Hughes (Provider)
ChairPerson Galway Mountain Rescue Team.