Child Safeguarding Policy

Gloria at Oceans of Calm is very passionate about the right of children to be respected and their feelings prioritised. The voice of the child is placed at the centre of her work and Gloria ensures that children get to share their voice about their treatment by assenting their comfort to receive the sound therapy on the day (please see child sound therapy assent form below). Oceans of Calm is always looking to continually improve our services and the lived/felt experience of the children. The voice of the Child’s Parents/Carers/Guardian and family members is therefore also very important to us.

Child protection, safety and welfare is paramount and we strictly adhere to the legal framework, provisions and principles laid out by the UN Convention on the rights of the child (in particular the right of the child to health and healthcare and the right of the child to have their view considered in matters affecting him or her) and the Children First (2015) legislation, which places the right of the child first and stipulates that the best interest of the child must be the primary consideration. Please see the Oceans of Calm child safeguarding statement below.

Child Safeguarding 

Sound Therapy is provided at Oceans of Calm solely by Gloria Turpin and is delivered through clothing. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a Parent, Carer or Guardian. There are limits to confidentiality regarding concerns about children, Oceans of Calm follows the National guidelines for the protection and welfare of children and has a legal duty of care under the Children First Act (2015) to keep children safe from harm whilst availing of our service. Cases which are a cause for reasonable concerns, will be reported to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, this includes retrospective reporting of child abuse and potential suicide.

Gloria currently volunteers with the ISPCC Childline service as a call facilitator (prior to this she volunteered with Children in Hospital Ireland). Gloria receives regular ongoing training for child safety, protection and welfare. Gloria’s last Children First refresher training was with the HSE on the 15th March 2022 (please see certificate below). Gloria works with young kindergarten children and is Garda vetted in Ireland and Internationally.

Child Safeguarding Statement

Name of Service: Oceans of Calm

Nature of service provided: Sound Therapy

Oceans of Calm provides a tuning fork based sound therapy for both children and adults, that supports the body’s natural ability to self heal and regain balance. The sounds work naturally and energetically with the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual layers of the body to trigger ‘homeostasis’, our spontaneous built in capability for self healing, self regulation, harmony and wholeness. Sound Therapy enables feelings of deep relaxation and is a complementary method to accompany and assist recovery from a trauma or condition. It is a non invasive approach received fully clothed.

Sound therapy is a complementary therapy and not a replacement for any medical treatment that the Child may be receiving. Oceans of Calm always recommends that the Parent/Carer or Guardian of the Child seeks professional support from their Doctor should the Child be experiencing any physical, mental or emotional symptoms that are a cause of worry or concern to them, to ensure that the Child maintains any established recommended treatment plans until otherwise directed to do so by their Doctor/healthcare professional.

Guiding Principles to safeguard children from harm

1. Our priority is to ensure the welfare and safety of every child and young person who receives our service, we feel this is paramount.

2. Our guiding principles and procedures to safeguard children and young people reflect national policy and legislation and we will review our guiding principles and child safeguarding procedures every two years.

3. All children and young people have an equal right to attend an Oceans of Calm Sound Therapy session or Oceans of Calm event, that respects them as individuals and encourages them to maximise their health and well being regardless of their background.

4. We are committed to upholding the rights of every child and young person who attends the services we provide, including the rights to be kept safe and protected from harm, listened to and heard.

5. Our guiding principles apply to everyone at Oceans of Calm and who comes into contact with our organisation.

6. Staff, Clients and Parents/Carers, Guardians, must conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of our organisation. Oceans of Calm will at all times adopt safe care practices that minimise the possibility of harm, injury, abuse or neglect to a child utilising our services, and which encourages safe practice from staff.

This Child Safeguarding Statement is informed by a risk assessment to assess any potential for harm to a child while availing of our services, including the area of online/digital safety.  Below is a list of the areas of risk identified and the list of procedures for managing these risks.

All risks identified below are as defined in the Children First Act, 2015. Risk of harm as defined in the Act means, in relation to a child (a) assault, ill-treatment or neglect of the child in a manner that seriously affects or is likely to seriously affect the child’s health, development or welfare, or (b) sexual abuse of a child.    

Risk Assessment

1. Risk Identified: Risk of harm of abuse to a child or young person by a staff member. Procedure in place to manage risk identified:

  • Child Safeguarding Policy
  • Code of Ethics and Professional Standards Policy for the behaviour of staff
  • Privacy Policy
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Garda Vetting Procedure
  • Reporting Procedure for Child Protection and welfare concerns
  • Allegations of abuse against Staff Procedure
  • Complaints Policy and Procedures
  • Procedure for the Information and training of staff in relation to the occurrence of harm
  • Supervision of children and young people Procedure

2. Risk Identified: Risk of harm of abuse to a child or young person, as a result of staff failing to respond to a child protection concern. Procedure in place to manage risk identified:

  • Child Safeguarding Policy
  • Code of Ethics and Professional Standards Policy for the behaviour of staff
  • Privacy Policy
  • Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Reporting Procedure for Child Protection and welfare concerns
  • Procedure for the Information and training of staff relation to the occurrence of harm

3. Risk Identified: Risk of harm of an abuse to a child or young person from members of the public, or visitors to the Grove Medical Centre. Procedure in place to manage risk identified:

  • Child Safeguarding Policy
  • Code of Ethics and Professional Standards Policy for the behaviour of staff
  • Supervision of children and young people procedure
  • Reporting Procedure for Child protection and welfare concerns

4. Risk Identified: Risk of harm of abuse to a child or young Person while receiving the Sound Therapy. Procedure in place to manage risk identified:

  • Child Safeguarding Policy
  • Code of Ethics and Professional Standards Policy for the behaviour of staff
  • Reporting Procedure for Child Protection and welfare concerns
  • Supervision of children and young people procedure
  • Complaints Policy and Procedures
  • Oceans of Calm Policies and Procedures

5. Risk Identified: Risk of harm of abuse to a child or young person while engaged in Oceans of Calm activities and events. Procedure in place to manage risk identified:

  • Child Safeguarding Policy
  • Code of Ethics and Professional Standards Policy for the behaviour of staff
  • Reporting Procedure for Child Protection and welfare concerns
  • Complaints Policy & Procedure
  • Supervision of children and young people Procedure
  • Reporting Child Protection and welfare concerns
  • Social Media and Digital Images procedures detailed in the Data Protection Policy

6. Risk Identified: Risk of harm of abuse to children or young people by their peers whilst engaged in Oceans of Calm workshops or Community events. Procedure in place to manage risk identified:

  • Child Safeguarding Policy
  • Reporting Procedure for Child Protection and welfare concerns
  • Supervision of children and young people procedure
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Code of Ethics and Professional Standards
  • Policy Social Media and Digital Images procedures detailed in the Data Protection Policy
  • Complaints Policy and Procedure

7. Risk Identified: Risk of harm of abuse to children or young people as a result of inappropriate contact by a staff member outside of Oceans of Calm services/work. Procedure in place to manage risk identified:

  • Child Safeguarding Policy
  • Reporting Procedure for Child Protection and welfare concerns
  • Code of Ethics and Professional Standards Policy for the behaviour of staff
  • Social Media and Digital Images procedures detailed in the Data Protection Policy
  • Complaints Policy and Procedures

8. Risk Identified: Risk of harm of abuse to children and young people by misuse of social media and digital images, Procedure in place to manage risk identified:

  • Child Safeguarding Policy
  • Social Media and Digital Images procedures detailed in Privacy Policy and Data Protection Policy
  • Safeguarding Reporting procedures for staff
  • Code of Ethics and Professional Standards Policy for the behaviour of staff
  • Supervision of children and young people procedure Ongoing Safeguarding Policy and Procedures training for Staff

 

Procedures

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. The following procedures support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our services:

  • Procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct against Oceans of Calm while availing of our service.
  • Procedure for 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 appointing a relevant person
  • Procedure for recording name of mandated and relevant person at Oceans of Calm with the role and function

    All procedures listed are available on request

    Implementation

    We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Oceans of Calm 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. The Child Safeguarding Statement is displayed prominently at our Sound Therapy service and will be reviewed on 26thApril 2024 , or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

    Signed: Gloria Turpin

    Provider of the Relevant Service under the Children First Act, 2015 is: Gloria Turpin, Sole Proprietor and Sound Therapist, Oceans of Calm, Room 6, The Grove Medical Centre, Mill Street, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland. F28 EV22. Tel: 083 104 8243. E-mail: gloria@oceansofcalm.org 

    The Relevant Person as required under the Children First Act, 2015 is Gloria Turpin, Sole Proprietor and Sound Therapist Oceans of Calm, Room 6, The Grove Medical Centre, Mill Street, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland. F28 EV22. Tel: 083 104 8243. E-mail: gloria@oceansofcalm.org

    All queries about this statement, and the risk assessment it is informed by, should be directed to the Relevant Person, Gloria Turpin.