Child Protection Policy

Children, because of their dependency and immaturity, are vulnerable to abuse in various forms. Parents or guardians have primary responsibility for the care and protection of their children. However, the Council has a responsibility to ensure the protection of children participating in any Council activities.

This policy extends to all staff. All employees must be sensitive to the vulnerability of children during the course of their duties and act in a responsible manner at all times. It is recognised that most staff members do not have expertise in this area; it is important to note that the investigation of suspected child abuse is the responsibility of the statutory authorities and shall not be undertaken by the Council’s Child Protection Liaison Officer(s) or other Local Authority employees.