Safeguarding Policy St Angela’s Academy of Music

Child Safeguarding Statement of St Angela’s Academy of Music

This statement has been prepared to comply with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015 and is derived from Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016.

Statement

As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, we recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children, are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being and will work in partnership with parents/ guardians to do this. We recognise each child as a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.

All Music School personnel (including, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse.

Nature of service and principles to safeguard children from harm

St Angela’s Academy of Music as a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland exists to afford students of our school the opportunity to realise their full musical potential in terms of creativity, enjoyment, performance and appreciation. By providing the best in music education and instrumental tuition we strive to nurture each student’s aesthetic, emotional and spiritual development. This includes one to one and group tuition. This includes the following ministry with children, as defined in Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church of Ireland 2016.

Instrumental music tuition to individuals and groups

As outlined in the Safeguarding Children 2016 Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland we are committed to the following principles:

  •      Mandatory reporting

Each of us has a duty to notify the statutory authorities of suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations that a child is being or has been abused:

  •                 physically
  •                 emotionally
  •                 sexually
  •                 through neglect

Suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations may relate to possible abuse by a member of Church personnel, but they can also relate to incidents in the child’s family, or elsewhere in the community.

      Caring for the welfare of all children and the adults who work with them.

Measures to create and maintain environments that are safe for children, that prevent abuse, and that create nurturing, caring conditions within St Angela’s Academy of Music for children and the adults who work with them, will continue to be strengthened and reviewed. This will be done through training support, communications and quality assurance.

  •      Responding appropriately to child protection suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations.

Anyone who brings any suspicion, concern, knowledge or allegation of current or past abuse of a child to the notice of St Angela’s Academy of Music will be responded to sensitively, respectfully, actively and in a timely manner, in line with statutory child protection procedures and Church requirements.

All suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations that reach the threshold for reporting to the statutory authorities. This will be reported to the appropriate statutory authorities. This will be done irrespective of the status of the person (lay or religious) who is suspected of having been abusive to a child. If the allegation relates to a lay member of Church personnel, in addition to notifying the statutory authorities, the allegation must be reported to the Church authority. If the allegation relates to a cleric or religious, in addition to notifying the statutory authorities, the allegation must also be reported to the Church authority and the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church inIreland.

  •      Caring pastorally for complainants and other affected persons.

Those who have suffered child abuse by St Angela’s Academy of Music personnel will receive a compassionate and just response, and will be offered appropriate pastoral care, counselling and support as they seek to rebuild their lives. An appropriate pastoral response to the family, parish, congregation or order and to the wider community will be provided, with due regard to the right of privacy of those directly involved, and to the administration of justice.

  •      Caring pastorally for respondents and other affected persons.

St Angela’s Academy of Music in its response to suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations of child sexual abuse will respect the rights under civil law and canon law of an accused religious, staff or other Church personnel. A legal presumption of innocence will be maintained during the statutory and Church inquiry processes. As the processes develop, additional assessment, therapy and support services may be offered to the respondent.

St Angela’s Academy of Music will take responsibility for ensuring that any religious or staff member who is considered to constitute a danger to children is managed according to a risk management plan.

All requisite steps will be taken to restore the good name and reputation of anyone who has been wrongly accused of abusing a child.

Respondents belong to families and diocesan or religious communities St Angela’s Academy of Music will be mindful of the need to provide support to members of families and religious affected by the respondent’s changed situation.

 

                                                            Risk Assessment

The table below sets out the identified risks to the safety of children and young people involved in musical activities in St Angela’s Academy of Music and the steps taken to minimise the risks of abuse.

 

Risk Identified Procedure in place to manage risk identified
Those that work with children are unsafe to do so Procedures to meet Indicator 1.1 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from No 15, page 28    Chil]
Those that work with children behave inappropriately towards them Procedures to meet Indicator 1.2 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from Teachers Handbook Page 3  ]
Children who use our service do not understand the roles and responsibilities in place to encourage positive behaviour Procedures to meet Indicator 1.3 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from [available from Student’s Handbook Page 6 Code of Behaviour]
The environment in which work with children is facilitated fails to meet effective safeguarding practice Procedures to meet Indicators 1.4 and 1.8 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from [available from the Teacher’s Handbook Page 4 and Monthly Attendance Sheet]
External groups who use Church property are unsafe to do so Procedures to meet Indicator 1.5 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from [NA]
Those who wish to behave dangerously or unethically towards children are able to do so Procedures to meet Indicators 1.6 an 1.7 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from [Protection Policy No 16 Page 30]
Those who wish to exploit children through the use of digital media in our ministries are able to do so Procedures to meet Indicator 1.9 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from [INSERT DETAIL]
Academy personnel fail to report an allegation, suspicion, concern or knowledge appropriately Procedures to meet Indicator 2.1 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from [Protection Policy No 7, Page 12]
Church personnel fail to understand their responsibilities to safeguard children Procedures to meet Indicators 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from [INSERT DETAIL]
Children and their parents do not understand the Church’s policy, procedures and structure to safeguard children Procedures to meet Indicators 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 and6.4 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from [Handbook for Parents and Students and “Keeping Safe” Pamphlets ]
The procedures for safeguarding children fail to be implemented Procedures to meet Indicators 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from [No 11 page 17]
The Church authority fails to ensure the appointment of a relevant person and maintain a list of mandated persons Procedures to meeting Indicators 1.1, 6.1 and 2.1 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from [Sr Cecilia O’Dwyer is the designated person]

 Music Students are taught one to one except in a Class situation i.e. Pre- instrumental Class, Theory, Choir and Orchestra.

All Music Rooms have a glass window on the door where students and teachers are seen.

 

Procedures

All procedures outlined in the risk assessment above are available in the Safeguarding Policy which is available on St Angela’s Academy of Music Website and in hard back copy in the office. The procedures listed above include the following:

 

 

Implementation

St Angela’s Academy of Music is committed to safeguarding children through the implementation of Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016. This Child Safeguarding Statement and our practice supports our desire to keep children safe from harm while in our ministries. As part of our annual audit against the relevant indicators of the child safeguarding standards, we will review the effectiveness of our practice as outlined in this statement and will revise, as appropriate.

 

 

Signed Sr Cecilia O’Dwyer

Church Authority

Date: 8th March, 2018

 

 

For any queries relating to this statement please contact on [          Sr Cecilia O’Dwyer

          St Angela’s of Music

          Ursuline Convent

          Thurles

          Co Tipperary

          0504 20654

          087 6708431

 

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