CHILD SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT FOR HELPLINK MENTAL HEALTH
NAME OF SERVICE: Helplink Mental Health
NATURE OF SERVICE AND PRINCIPLES TO SAFEGUARD CHILDREN FROM HARM:
Helplink provides counselling face to face, by phone and online nationally. We provide an online counselling service for the Irish abroad. We provide a range of workshops, ‘Mind Hacks’, that take place in primary, secondary and third level institutions. Helplink is committed to best practice which involves the safety and protection of children from harm. We aim to create a safe environment within, in which all staff can work with clear guidance around child safety. All our staff are Garda Vetted and have completed the Children’s First E-Learning Training. We have a range of policies and procedures in place to help to ensure child safety, that all staff have been made aware of.
|RISK IDENTIFIED||PROCEDURE IN PLACE TO MANAGE RISK|
|One to One Contact between a Child and Counsellors, Volunteers or Admin Staff||
|Outside (e.g. online counselling) or within Helplink premises, if a client divulges information that indicates harm to a child to a member of staff||
|Any Information that may be relayed to a counsellor/therapist during a session that may indicate harm to a child||
|Health and Safety risks to any children on the Helplink premises||
|Public having access to Helplink premises||
|Board members coming into contact with children on Helplink premises||
Important Note: It should be noted that risk in the context of this risk assessment is: the risk of “harm” as defined in the Children First Act 2015. A ‘child’ is as defined in the Child Care Act 1991.
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. 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:
Reporting: Depending on the person’s designation they will be done in the following manner:
Mandated Persons: Where they know, believe or have reasonable grounds to suspect, on the basis of information that he or she has received, acquired or becomes aware of in the course of his or her employment or profession as such a mandated person, that a child has been harmed, is being harmed or may be at risk of harm they must report this to our DLP. They will then jointly make out either a Child Protection and Welfare Report Form (CPWRF) or Retrospective Abuse Report Form (RARF) and submit it to TUSLA.
Non-Mandated Persons: Where they know, believe or have reasonable grounds to suspect, on the basis of information that he or she has received, acquired or becomes aware of in the course of his or her employment or profession, that a child has been harmed, is being harmed or may be at risk of harm they must report this to our DLP. Our DLP will then make out either a Child Protection and Welfare Report Form (CPWRF) or Retrospective Abuse Report Form (RARF) and submit it to TUSLA.
All reporting will be kept strictly confidential and will abide by Helplink’s ‘Code of Practice’ in these matters. The company has a record of all mandated and non mandated persons. This list is updated whenever required.
The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Laura Condon
The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (vDLP) is Dr. Michelle Murphy
All procedures listed are available upon request.
We recognise that implementation is an on-going 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 on 31st January 2026 or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.
For queries, please contact Laura Condon (email@example.com), the Relevant Person under the Children First Act 2015