Keeping Safe programme in Roscommon

A ‘Keeping Safe’ child protection and welfare, train the trainers programme for members of voluntary groups in Counties Roscommon and Mayo is due to be completed this month. Keeping Safe is a training programme which provides child protection training for voluntary organisations and community groups through a network of accredited Keeping Safe trainers. The Keeping Safe Training the Trainers programme enables participants to gain the skills and knowledge required to deliver effective Keeping Safe Child Protection training within their organisations as part of a HSE Keeping Safe Training Initiatives. Currently the HSE is delivering these programmes throughout the country through their Information and Advice Officers, Children First. The training delivered assists organisations to implement child protection and welfare policies and covers areas such as ‘How to recruit people safely’, ‘How to deal with child protection concerns’ and  ‘How to make your organisation more child-centred’. The programme is currently being delivered by the HSE West in Roscommon to trainers put forward from Foróige, Brothers of Charity, Dioceses of Achonry, Elphin and Killala, Family Life Centre, Boyle, Roscommon Partnership, National Parents Council and Castlebar College of Further Education. Sandra Claxton, HSE West’s Roscommon Keeping Safe Initiative Co-ordinator and Information and Advice Officer for Children First, says: ‘The involvement of the voluntary organisations that have provided trainers to this initiative indicates a real commitment to having best practice in child protection and welfare practices. It is hoped that through these training for trainers programmes that a consistent and child-centred approach will be promoted and that positive relationships with the HSE will be built in order to ensure that children’s welfare comes first.’  For further information in relation to the Keeping Safe Training Contact Sandra Claxton on (094) 90 42579.