Child Safeguarding Statement
1. Name of service being provided: Counselling & Psychotherapy
2. Nature of service and principles to safeguard children from harm
Leinster Adolescent Psychotherapy & Counselling Centre (LAPCC) provides Counselling & Psychotherapy Services across three centres which are located in Naas and Celbridge, Co Kildare & Bray, Co Wicklow. We provide therapeutic support to adolescents, parents, and adults.
The therapeutic support includes:
- Working individually with adolescents from aged 12 onwards
- Working with parents
- Working with adults
LAPCC is committed to protecting children from harm. LAPCC is fully committed to the principles and practice of the Children First 2015 legislation and recognises the importance of child safety and welfare.
LAPCC aims to create a safe and healthy environment for the young people with whom we work and we are committed at all times to ensure the safety and welfare of adolescents.
3. Risk Assessment
We have carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to an adolescent while availing of our services. Below is a list of the areas of risk identified and the list of procedures for managing these risks.
|Risk identified||Procedure in place to manage identified risk|
|1||Physical Safety||LAPCC will report to the landlord any potential risks to physical safety within the building as part of its health and safety assessment which includes fire safety, adequate lighting on stairways, etc.|
|2||One to One Contact between Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Child or Adolescent||LAPCC endeavours to protect the child from any type of potential abuse by the following measures:
|3||Working outside the building||Counsellors / psychotherapists cannot work with a child outside of the building. If so, another adult must be present|
|4||Reporting Child Protection Concerns to TUSLA||The Designated Liaison Person and Deputy Designated Liaison Person names and contact details are displayed below.|
|5||Training||Counsellors / psychotherapists must avail of ongoing child safety training|
Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children(2017), and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice. In addition to the procedures listed in our risk assessment, the following procedures are in preparation to 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 counsellors /psychotherapists to work with children;
- Procedure for the 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 the persons (if any) in the relevant service who are mandated persons;
- Procedure for appointing a relevant person.
We recognise that implementation is an on-going 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 will be reviewed on 21stFebruary 2020, or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.
Signed: Jennifer Foran
Our Designated Liaison Person is Jennifer Foran Contact 086 8599328 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Deputy Designated Liaison Person is Anne Randolph Contact 087 23808791 email@example.com
For queries, please contact Jennifer Foran on 086 8599328 (Relevant Person under the Children First Act 2015).
This is a statement of LAPCC’s commitment to protect the rights and privacy of clients in accordance with GDPR regulations and to outline principles for the obtaining, recording, storage and handling of that data. This policy is equally applicable to records created and preserved in both paper and electronic format.
Retention of personal data
LAPCC will i) keep data only for specified and lawful purposes (ii) Use and disclose data only in ways compatible with these purposes (iii) Keep the data safe and secure (iv) Keep data accurate and up-to-date (v) Ensure that data are relevant to the purpose for which it is collected and not excessive (vi) Retain data for no longer than is required by law, (vii) Give a copy of his/her personal data to that client on written request within 30 days , and correct the data or erase the data where that individual so requests (subject to compliance with legal requirements .. see below).
Personal data collected and retained
Personal data collected may include the following: Forename and surname, telephone number, address, email address, GP and other professional’s contact details, emergency contact person’s contact details, personal history relevant to therapy, list of medication relevant to therapy, previous counselling / psychotherapy, session notes.
How we collect and use your personal data
Personal data may be recorded in communications via the website, mobile phone, email or hard copy correspondence and bank transactions. It may be used for the purpose of communicating with the client, the issuing of receipts, to aide memory, and in the case of minors to contact parents and other professionals, e.g. school principals or educational agencies.
Exceptional circumstances in which data may be shared
All personal data is treated confidentially. In the following exceptional circumstances personal data may be shared: in cases of risk to life or serious harm to themselves or others, with the client’s knowledge (where possible) to contact emergency services or an agreed contact person; in cases of child protection issues, (as required by law) with the Child and Family Agency Social Work Service (Tusla); where there is disclosure of criminal intent; or where there is a legal requirement or court order.
The data is stored securely at all times.
Duration for which we hold your data
In line with legal requirements, personal data is held for a period of 7 years from the date of ending therapy for an adult, or in the case of an adolescent for 7 years from the date of attaining the age of 18.
Any change made to this policy will be posted on this page.