Child Safeguarding Statement - Dublin Bus


Child Safeguarding Statement

1. Background
The Children First Act 2015 requires organisations that are providers of ‘relevant services’ to publish a Child Safeguarding Statement (Schedule 1 of the Act provides a list of work or activities that constitute a ‘relevant service’). 

This Statement details the relevant services provided by Dublin Bus to children and the principles and procedures in place to ensure, as far as practicable, that a child availing of these services is safe from harm. The Statement will be reviewed every two years or sooner if there has been a material change in any of the services to which it refers.

2. Relevant services provided by Dublin Bus
In preparing this Child Safeguarding Statement, Dublin Bus undertook a review of all services provided to identify those that fall under the definition of a relevant service as defined by the Children First Act 2015. 

Three services were identified, and a risk assessment of each service was undertaken. This statement details the nature of these services, the principles and procedures in place to safeguard children from harm while availing of these services and the risk assessment for each. 

The services identified were:
A. Contracted passenger transport services for school children
B. Transition Year work experience programme
C. HGV mechanic apprenticeship programme

A. Contracted passenger transport services for school children
Dublin Bus contracts out its passenger transport services for school children to external transport companies. As part of their contract these companies must comply with all Dublin Bus rules, regulations and procedures in relation to safety and service delivery. This service falls under the relevant service outlined in Schedule 1, 8:

“Any work or activity as a driver of, or as an assistant to the driver, or as a conductor, or as a supervisor of children using a vehicle which is being hired or used only for the purpose of conveying children who are unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.”

Principles in place to safeguard children from harm
Dublin Bus is committed to safeguarding children who use a contracted passenger transport service for school children and is committed to ensuring their safety and welfare at all times in accordance with the following documents:

  • Children First Act 2015
  • Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 2017)
  • Dublin Bus Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy

All bus drivers who are employed by our contractors to run our services are vetted through the National Vetting Bureau before they are allowed to operate these services.

All bus drivers who are employed by our contractors to run our services have been requested to complete Tusla’s Children First E-Learning Programme .A copy of each bus drivers certificate for their programme is held by Dublin Bus.

Risk assessment
Dublin Bus has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while availing of this service. The risks identified are listed below, along with proceduresin place for managing these risks.

Risk identified Procedure in place to manage risk
Risk of harm to a child All bus drivers working for contractors on Dublin Bus services are vetted through the National Vetting Bureau
Dublin Bus Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy in place
All bus drivers employed by contractors to run our schools services have been requested to completed Tusla’s Children First E-Learning Programme
Risk of harm or concern not being recognised or reported Dublin Bus Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy includes reporting procedures 
All bus drivers employed by contractors to run our schools services have been requested to completed Tusla’s Children First E-Learning Programme

Risk that procedures do not reflect Children First Guidance 2017

Procedures reviewed and updated to take account of Children First Act and guidance documents from Department of Children and Youth Affairs


B.
2. Transition Year work experience programme
Dublin Bus provides a limited number of work experience placements for Transition Year secondary school students. This service falls under the relevant service outlined in the Children First Act 2015, Schedule 1, 5 (a): 

“Any work or activity which consists of the provision of educational, research, training, cultural, recreational, leisure, social or physical activities to children.”

Principles in place to safeguard children from harm
Dublin Bus is committed to protecting and facilitating the full participation of young people on work experience. It aims to create a safe environment for young people on work experience, and is committed to ensuring their safety and welfare at all times in accordance with the following documents: 

  • Children First Act 2015
  • Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 2017)
  • Dublin Bus Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy
  • CIÉ Code of Conduct for Employees

Risk assessment
Dublin Bus has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while availing of this service. The risks identified are listed below, along with procedures in place for managing these risks.

Risk identified Procedure in place to manage risk
Risk of harm to a child Dublin Bus Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy in place
CIÉ Code of Conduct for Employees
Employee training includes module on Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults
Risk of harm or concern not being recognised or reported Dublin Bus Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy includes reporting procedures 
Employee training includes module on Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults
Risk that procedures do not reflect Children First Guidance 2017 Procedures reviewed and updated to take account of Children First Act and guidance documents from Department of Children and Youth Affairs


C. 3. HGV mechanic apprenticeship programme
Dublin Bus provides a HGV mechanic apprenticeship programme annually. This service falls under the relevant service outlined in the Children First Act 2015, Schedule 1, 5 (a): 

“Any work or activity which consists of the provision of educational, research, training, cultural, recreational, leisure, social or physical activities to children.”

Principles in place to safeguard children from harm
Dublin Bus is committed to protecting and facilitating the full participation of young people on apprenticeships. It aims to create a safe environment for young people on apprenticeships, and is committed to ensuring their safety and welfare at all times in accordance with the following documents: 

  • Children First Act 2015
  • Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 2017) 
  • Dublin Bus Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy
  • CIÉ Code of Conduct for Employees
  • Solas Apprenticeship Code of Practice for Employers and Apprentices

Risk assessment
Dublin Bus has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a young person employed as an apprentice HGV mechanic. The risks identified are listed below, along with procedures in place for managing these risks.

Risk identified Procedure in place to manage risk
Risk of harm to a child Dublin Bus Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy in place
CIÉ Code of Conduct for Employees
Employee training includes module on Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults
Risk of harm or concern not being recognised or reported Dublin Bus Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy includes reporting procedures 
Employee training includes module on Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults
Risk that procedures do not reflect Children First Guidance 2017 Procedures reviewed and updated to take account of Children First Act and guidance documents from Department of Children and Youth Affairs


3. 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 support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our service:

  • Recruitment and Selection Policy 
  • Garda Vetting Policy
  • Provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information

4. Implementation
We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Dublin Bus 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 March 2020, or sooner if there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers. 

For further information or queries please contact Vivienne Kavanagh (vivienne.kavanagh@dublinbus.ie) the Relevant Person for Dublin Bus under the Children First Act 2015.

Signed:
Ray Coyne

Ray Coyne
Chief Executive Officer
March 2018

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