The Irish Creative Training & Innovative Development Center makes a positive contribution to a strong and safe community and recognizes the right of every individual to stay safe. In this, we are guided  by  international  agreements,  such  as  the  UN Convention  on  the Rights of the Child, legal protection afforded children and young people by the state, and by the professional demands of best practice.

The principal pieces of Irish legislation governing this policy could be found here.

We strive  to ensure that all children and young people have the same protection regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity. Our policy commits to anti-discriminatory practice and recognises the additional needs of children from minority ethnic groups and disabled children and the barriers they may face, especially around communication.

The Irish CT&ID Center comes into contact with children and vulnerable young adults through the following regulated* activities:

  • - non-formal education and training activities;
  • - coaching and mentoring;
  • - community outreach;
  • - youth work.

ICT IDC believes that our employees, and all those over whom we have any authority and influence, must demonstrate behaviour that is not simply consistent with protocols and legislation, but also with an appropriate set of personal and professional standards.

Child and youth protection is both an organizational and an individual responsibility.

At the Irish CT&ID Center we are committed to best practice in recruitment, to ensuring staff understanding of and commitment to child protection principles, and to advising our partners of our policies in this regard.

The Irish CT&ID Center `s Child and Youth Protection Policy outlines the safeguarding strategies that our staff and collaborators need to follow in order to ensure they act appropriately and confidently to protect the children we work with.

The Irish CT&ID Center `s Child and Youth Protection Policy seeks to identify and create a safer organisational culture in order to protect children and young people.

The best protection for children is prevention, and The Irish CT&ID Center  is committed to protecting children.

  • We understand  the  nature  and risks  of child abuse  and have an open  and aware culture.
  • We  have developed our  policies and procedures to protect both children and staff.
  • Establishing  and  maintaining  a  child  safe  environment  is  a  guiding  principle  in  all our activities and management practices.


* Regulated activity can be defined as ‘frequent contact’ with a vulnerable person (once a month or more) or as ‘intensive contact’ (3 days or more within a 30 day period)​

Parties shall protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse.

  -UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989),   Article 19 1

​​​​​​The Irish CT&ID Center `s Code of Conduct

The Irish CT&ID Center `s Behaviour  Code  of  Conduct  enables  staff, volunteers, interns and consultants to  comply  with  our  Child Protection Policy. By setting standards for appropriate behaviour it also protects people who come into contact with children from unfounded accusations of improper conduct.

The  Code clarifies those unacceptable  forms  of  behaviour which will  result  in  a  formal enquiry  and which could lead to  disciplinary  measures  being taken  or  criminal  proceedings being instituted.  

Additionally,  the  Code  of  Conduct  gives  guidance  on the expected standards  of  behaviour  of  adults  towards  children,  and  also  of  children  towards  other children.

  • This Code of Conduct applies to The Irish CT&ID Center  staff and anyone acting as a representative of, or  on  behalf  of, ICTIDC  who  may  come  into  direct  contact  with,  or  be  responsible  for, bringing children into contact with adults.
  • The  Code  of  Conduct  shall  be  prominently  displayed for, or easily  accessible to, all organisation representatives.
  • The  Code  of  Conduct  should  be  interpreted  in  a  spirit  of  transparency  and  common sense, with the best interests of the child as the primary consideration.

The Irish CT&ID Center `s Guidelines on Reporting Child and Youth Abuse 

ICT IDC Statement of Consent for use of information and photos relating to

individual children and young people 

Statement of Commitment to The Irish CT&ID Center  Child and Youth Protection Policy

 ​Child Protection Practices in Ireland

​​ICT IDC recognises the rights of all children and young people within our care to be protected from harm in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Everyone has a responsibility and a role in protecting children and it is essential that we follow all practical and reasonable steps to counteract any risk to the children within our care. 

Our child and youth protection mission is to create ‘child safe’ environments where all children and young people are respected, protected, empowered and active in their own protection; and where staff are skilled, confident, competent and well supported in meeting their protection responsibilities through clear policies, procedures and good practise.