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The Safeguarding Statement Vs The Safety Statement

Judging from the large volume of queries we are receiving regarding these two separate documents there appears to be a lot of confusion among providers about the difference between the two,.

Tusla are requesting both a Safeguarding Statement and a Safety Statement to be submitted as part of the registration process. Providers are submitting their Safeguarding Statements and are perplexed when Tusla respond seeking the submission of a Safety Statement which they believe is the same document but they are not.

THE SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

This is a written statement that specifies the service being provided and the principles and procedures to be observed in order to ensure, as far as practicable, that a child availing of the service is safe from harm from a child protection perspective.

The Child Safeguarding Statement should provide an overview of the measures that your service has in place to ensure that children are protected from harm such as physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect.

The Child Safeguarding Statement is developed in accordance with the Children First Act 2015 and Children First 2017 .

Upon completion, the Child Safeguarding Statement must be circulated to all staff members. It must be displayed publicly and made available to parents and guardians, Tusla and members of the public upon request.

Most services have this in place as part of their Child Protection Policies and Procedures

THE SAFETY STATEMENT

A safety statement is a written commitment to managing safety and health in your service as a whole, and how this is to be done.

This is required under Section 20 of The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 with particular reference to Health and Safety Authority: A Guide to Risk Assessments and Safety Statements

While the Safeguarding Statement focuses in the protection of children from abuse this statement is about the overall safety of your service from your building to your operations and should include The service’s health and safety policy.
The results of the service’s risk assessments.
The names and job titles of the people responsible for any safety and health matters.
The duties of the registered provider and the person in charge, including the co-operation required from employees on safety and health matters. A commitment to employee consultation and participation, including arrangements for appointing a safety representative.
The service’s welfare arrangements – for example, the provision of toilet facilities, rest and eating facilities, drinking water.
The service’s plans and procedures for dealing with emergencies – for example, a Critical Incident Plan.
The service’s arrangements to ensure the safety of children, all employees and visitors to the service, or anyone else who may be affected by the service’s work activities.
The personal protective equipment policy and register of equipment.
The first aid and fire safety procedures and details about the equipment and facilities available.
The procedures for accident reporting and investigation.
The training records.

The safety statement (including the risk assessments) must be brought to the attention of all employees, parents, guardians and others in the service and others in the service that may be exposed to any risks. This should be done at least once a year, and whenever it is changed or updated