Plan International recognises that violence against children and young people is prevalent throughout the world and in all societies. We are deeply committed to eradicating violence against children and young people and take very seriously our duty to safeguard all children and young people and promote their welfare.
This also means holding ourselves to account in ensuring that no child or young person is harmed or placed at risk of harm as a result of their association with us.
Plan International Ireland is fully committed to the gender responsive safeguarding of all children and young people from all forms of violence. We take very seriously our responsibility and duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, and anyone who represents us does not in any way harm, abuse or commit any other act of violence against children and young people or place them at risk of the same.
We promote child and youth safe practices, approaches, interventions and environments which respects, recognises and responds to the specific safeguarding needs and addresses the protection risks of the differing gender and other identities. We will challenge and do not tolerate inequality, discrimination or exclusion.
We respond to a child or young person who may be in need of protection and or psycho-social support and intend that their welfare and best interests will at all times be paramount consideration.
We ensure all who work with and engage with us understand and are supported in their meeting safeguarding roles and responsibilities. We take positive action to prevent anyone who might be a risk to children and young people from becoming involved with us and take stringent measures against any Staff, Associate or Visitor who perpetrates an act of violence against a child.
We promote the active involvement of children and young people in their own protection.
Plan International Ireland operates within the National Children’s First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children. We believe in promoting the general welfare, health, development and safety of children and youth.
All who work for and engage with us are skilled, confident, understand, and are well supported in meeting their responsibilities to safeguard children and young people from violence and engage positively with them in ways that enhance the achievement of our purpose.
We have procedures in place to prevent and deal with the actions/behaviour of our staff, associates, visitors or us as an organisation that result in violence against a child or young person and/or places them at risk of the same.
Children and young people we work with are aware of our responsibilities to prevent and respond to any harm against them arising from actions and behaviours of our staff, associates and visitors, and the routes for reporting such incidents.