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Marsh’s Child Safeguarding Statement
Unchanged for three centuries, Marsh’s Library is a perfectly preserved library of the early Enlightenment, which houses more than 25,000 rare and fascinating books.
The library opened in 1707. Scholars still consult our holdings and the library is open to the public; children are particularly welcome to visit with their parents/carers. School groups and out-of-school groups are actively encouraged to visit the library to learn about local history and to take part in educational, cultural and recreational activities.
As a result of the above we are categorised as a Relevant Service (see below) under the Children First Act 2015 and must ensure that we fulfill our legal responsibility to safeguard children from any harm.
NB Schedule 1 of the Children First Act 2015 specifies the relevant services for the purposes of the Act. Marsh’s Library is therefore categorised as: 5. Any work or activity which consists of the provision of – (a) educational, research, training, cultural, recreational, leisure, social or physical activities to children.
Services we provide for children are as follows:
- Children visit the library in a tourist capacity under the supervision of their parents, carers or guardians. NB Children aged 16 and under cannot visit the library unaccompanied. There are a variety of activities which the children can take part in, such as: writing with quills and ink, taking photographs in our selfie corner, hunting for our historical minifigures hidden in the library, drawing in our creative area in the Old Reading Room. Many children visit for cultural festivals such as St. Patrick’s Festival and Bram Stoker Festival, when we provide guided tours and special events aimed at a young audience.
- Children aged 17-18 can visit the library unaccompanied. They can guide themselves at any time during the day or take part in the daily guided tour at 3pm.
- School/Out-of-School groups/clubs visit the library to:
- take part in organised educational activities, i.e. Engineers Week, Science Week, and Maths Week. Here we provide hour-long sessions to match themes set out by the event organisers.
- learn about local history. They can do this in a variety of ways, i.e. guided tours with short workshops afterwards or an historical minifigure hunt.
- fulfill a literary objective e.g. Fighting Words has organised creative writing sessions, We regularly have visiting authors & illustrators who provide workshops for groups of children for World Book Day.
- take part in competitions for various festivals or special days i.e. World Book Day.
- Take part in practical creative workshops.
- Creative workshops provided for children during school holidays where parental consent is required.
- The Education & Outreach Officer may visit and collaborate with other institutions and schools to provide outreach activities.
In all these activities the safety and welfare of the children is our primary concern and all staff, volunteers and interns will strive to safeguard children in order for them to enjoy their experience in the library.
Risk of Harm- Assessment
(ranked highest to lowest)
|Procedure in place to manage risk identified|
|1||Risk of child being harmed by a member of the public visiting the library||
|2||Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while attending the library||
|3||Risk of child being harmed by a member of staff, volunteer or intern||
|4||Risk of child being harmed if first aid is administered.||
|5||Risk of child being harmed by another child in their group||
|6||Risk of harm through inappropriate use of images via social media||
|7||Risk of harm due to inadequate code of conduct||
|8||Risk of harm from an outside provider coming into work with a group of children||
Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with the requirements under the Children First Act 2015, the Children First: National Guidance, and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedures and Practice. In addition to the procedures listed 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 workers/volunteers of a child availing of our service
- Procedure for the safe recruitment and selection of workers and volunteers 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 Tusla
- Procedure for maintaining a list of persons in the relevant service who are mandated persons
- Procedure for appointing a relevant person
All procedures listed are available upon request to email@example.com
We recognise that implementation is an ongoing 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 service. This Child Safeguarding Statement was reviewed in March 2021, and will be reviewed in March 2023, or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.
Dr. Jason McElligott, Director
For queries, please contact:
Julie Burke firstname.lastname@example.org (Relevant Person under the Children First Act 2015)