Tusla’s Child Safeguarding Statement Compliance Unit (CSSCU) would like to invite youth organisations to attend an information session on their upcoming Youth Consultation Project. The CSSCU wants to ensure that children’s voices are incorporated into the development and use of child safeguarding statements in a way that upholds their rights, providing voice, space, audience and influence. They want to establish what young people know about Child Safeguarding Statements when availing of any relevant services (schools, sports clubs, youth services etc).
The consultation will be carried out via a short survey with young people aged 12 and over. The focus is not on a particular organisation or sector, but wanting to understand what do young people know about Child Safeguarding Statements and what is their awareness of them across all relevant services by seeking their views directly. All survey responses will be anonymous. Since the CSSCU do not work directly with young people, they are asking the youth sector to support this project by facilitating the consultation across existing structures within youth organisations where young people participate in advisory capacities or in youth participation groups.
This is a really important piece of work and the insights and information provided by young people will be hugely valuable in determining how all relevant services can ensure young people are aware of and fully understand the purpose of a Child Safeguarding Statement and also to inform any potential resources or supports that could be developed to aid relevant services with this awareness raising. If you are interested in learning more please register for the Information Session on 28th September 2023 below!