Child Safeguard Statement

Name of service being provided

1. Digital and analogue photography courses for secondary school students
during school holidays

2. Specific photography workshops tailored toward or each individual school.

3. Tailored photography workshops for young people with special needs in
conjunction with each organisation

4. Transition Year work placements

Nature of service and principles to safeguard children from harm

The Darkroom’s mission is to keep analogue photography on the map in Dublin. We are the only place in Ireland dedicated to analogue photography and open to the public. We work with a lot of artists and also teach courses, not only in analogue but also in digital photography. The magic of a black and white darkroom is such a great experience for everyone. This is particularly beneficial for young people to experience from both an artistic and scientific aspect of photography. Our space is set up for young people to use the equipment needed in a safe and protected environment. We believe in a student-centred learning space to allow each individual to be creative in their own way. Both the welfare and safety of each young person is paramount to our ethos.

Risk assessment

We have carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child 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
1. Risk of a child being harmed by a member of the studio, a member of staff or
another person while participating in workshops or on work experience.
All studio personnel, are provided with a copy of the studio’s Child Safeguarding Statement. Safe recruitment procedures involve: Taking all reasonable steps to eliminate people who are not suitable for working with children, and insisting all staff and members working with children are Garda vetted. It’s mandatory for all members of staff to have completed the Child first Tulsa online program.

Provide training on our child safeguarding policy. All staff/facilitators to read and comply with Child Safeguarding policy and procedures. Children and young people never to be left alone with an adult in the studio, two adult policy in place when children are in the studio.

2. Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly. Staff and facilitators are aware of the role of the Mandated Person and the (General Manager), who have received training in child safeguarding concerns and levels of concern for reporting.
3. Risk of harm due to inappropriate use of images of young people. Images of any child or young person participating in our activities or are workshops or both organised by The Darkroom will not be used for any purposes
without the consent of the parent/caregiver/guardian.
4. Risk of harm due to the bullying of a young person. Our policy outlines what constitutes bullying and harassment, who to
make a complaint to and what action The Darkroom will take in dealing
with an offence of this nature.
5. Risk of harm not noted by The Darkroom Personnel: Board members, staff
members, workshop facilitators.
Introduce all Board/staff to The Darkroom’s Child Safeguarding Policy;
roles, reporting procedures and codes of behaviour. Provision of child
safeguarding training provided by The Darkroom as part of induction.

Procedures our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, the Children First: National Guidance, 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 support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our service:

1. Procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct against workers/volunteers of a child availing of our service

2. Procedure for the safe recruitment and selection of workers and volunteers to work with children

3. Procedure for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and
information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm

4. Procedure for the reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Tusla

5. Procedure for maintaining a list of the persons in the relevant service who are the Mandated Person. Or where there are procedures for appointing a relevant person

All procedures listed are available upon request

Implementation

We recognise that implementation is an ongoing 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 in January 2023 or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

Mandate Officer: Lynda O’Donoghue

Phone: 0879255233

Email info@darkroom.ie

Further queries please contact Mella Travers CEO

Phone: 0872269525

Email: info@darkroom.ie