In September 2014 we facilitated a Professional Training session on Child Protection Awareness which was delivered by Olive Ring, National Child Protection Manager, in the National Youth Council of Ireland. The session was aimed at visual artists who work with children and young people, and in particular artists working in the ‘Artist in the Schools Programme’ but also other contexts such as workshops in libraries and community settings; public art projects that involve engagement with children and young people.
The Child Protection Awareness Programme is the basic awareness course developed for staff and volunteers working with young people, and is the recognised training programme for the youth work sector. The course is delivered through tutor input, group discussion and exercises. The session covered the following topics:
- Legislation and policy
- Values and attitudes
- Reasonable grounds for concerns
- Dealing with disclosures
- Code of behaviour – working safely with young people
For more on this course see: http://www.childprotection.ie
Olive Ring works as the National Child Protection Manager, in the National Youth Council of Ireland for the past five years. The National Youth Council is the representative body for youth work in Ireland. The Child Protection Programme is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to resource the youth work sector, responsibilities include training development and provision, advocacy and Garda vetting.
Olive’s background is in youth work and she has worked with and for young people from disadvantaged communities for the past 14 years. She advocates for young people in policy and legislative processes and has worked on campaigns such as the Children’s referendum.
Olive recommends a number of guidance resources which available on the webiste:
GUIDANCE RESOURCES: AVAILABLE ON http://www.childprotection.ie/resources
- Guidance Sheet : Working with children and young people with special needs or a disability
- Guidance Sheet: Transporting Young People
- Guidance Sheet: Ratios
- Guidance Sheet : Physical contact with children and young people in youth work
- Guidance Sheet : Developing a Code of Behaviour with Children and Young People
- Guidance Sheet : Working on a one-to-one basis with young people
- Guidance Sheet: Trips away from Home
- Guidance Sheet: Images
Olive also recommends the website for youth workers on internet safety www.websafety.youth.ie