KDYS Child Safeguarding Statement
1. Our Purpose, Services and Principles to safeguard children and young people from harm
Kerry Diocesan Youth Service (KDYS) is a Community-based Youth Work Organisation. We respond to the needs of Young People, their Families and their Communities in a caring and supportive manner. Our Values are Young Person centred, Inclusive, Respectful, Non-judgemental, Fun, Empowering and Professional.
To serve all young people in a safe, fun and positive environment, through the provision of youth spaces, services, mentoring, training and ongoing opportunities for their holistic development.
KDYS provides a comprehensive range of youth work activities and programmes that support the social, emotional and physical well-being of young people. We are committed to ensuring that young people have opportunities to engage in developmental programmes, structures and activities so that they can lead happier, healthier lives. We do this by providing the following:
Principles to Safeguard Children from Harm:
Kerry Diocesan Youth Service is committed to the principles laid out in Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017. These are:
- The safety and welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.
- The best interests of the child should be paramount.
- The overall aim in all dealings with children and their families is to intervene proportionately to support families to keep children safe from harm.
- Interventions by the State should build on existing strengths and protective factors in the family.
- Early intervention is key to getting better outcomes. Where it is necessary for the State to intervene to keep children safe, the minimum intervention necessary should be used.
- Children should only be separated from parents/carers when alternative means of protecting them have been exhausted. KDYS Community based youth work International youth work Youth Participation Youth & Family support Youth Information Youth Justice & Drugs services Youth Centres Volunteer led youth work
- Children have a right to be heard, listened to and taken seriously. Taking account of their age and understanding, they should be consulted and involved in all matters and decisions that may affect their lives.
- Parents/carers have a right to respect, and should be consulted and involved in matters that concern their family.
- A proper balance must be struck between protecting children and respecting the rights and needs of parents/carers and families.
- Child protection is a multiagency, multidisciplinary activity. Agencies and professionals must work together in the interests of the children.