Child Admission Policy – Public
The Management and Staff of Westpark fitness aim to ensure children feel they are in a safe, welcoming yet focused environment where they can undertake challenging and enjoyable activities. We also want to make sure that children are protected and kept safe from harm while they are in the center. Most importantly we recognize that children are here to have fun and learn new skills.
All children of 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times throughout the center including changing rooms, by a responsible parent/guardian or adult aged 18 and over.
• You can become a member of Westpark fitness when you reach the age of 16
• There are numerous activities/classes/events that children are involved in. When a child first uses the facility, written parental consent is required in case need arises for medical assistance.
• Consent is also required when taking photographs of an activity (for training purposes or advertising etc.)
All Center users are kindly requested to abide by the center’s rules and regulations.
1.1. Service Being Provided
Westpark fitness Centre provides a wide range of children’s activities. We currently have:
- Kids swim lessons
- Family rig classes
- Swim membership
- External karate classes
1.2. Risk Assessment
We have carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while availing of our services.
In the table below is a list of the areas of risk identified and a list of the procedures for managing these risks.
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:
- A procedure for appropriate recruitment and selection of employees, volunteers, work experience students and promotion of employees.
- A procedure for implementing the Garda vetting requirements for all relevant employees and volunteers: (reference National Vetting Bureau – Children and vulnerable persons Act 2012-2016)
- A procedure for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm.
- A clear comments and complaints procedure for parents and children to voice their concerns or lodge complaints if they feel unsure or unhappy about any issue as well as a separate child protection email address.
- A procedure for maintaining a list of persons within our organizations who are mandated persons.
- A procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct of a child availing of our service made against workers / volunteers / work experience students.
- A procedure for the management of allegations of misconduct or abuse by employees.
All procedures available on request.
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 on July 2020, or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.
Child protection risk analysis
|Item no.||Hazard||Worst case||Control Measure||Likelihood||Score||Rating|
|1||Inadequate supervision of children||5||Under 15’s should be supervised by an adult. Regular observation by staff for under 15’s.||1||5||Low|
|2||Children in changing area||4||There are allocated family changing cubicles on the pool deck and in the changing rooms. These are to be encouraged to members with young children.||3||12||Medium|
|3||Children on the gym floor||3||Only allowed for family rig and karate classes. All under 15’s must be under supervision of a staff member in the area. Ratio 1:10.||2||6||Medium|
|4||Smart phones, pictures of children without consent||4||All policies forbid the use of photography where children activities are involved. This should be strictly enforced by staff.||2||8||Medium|
|5||Staff member left in 1:1 situation with a child||3||Under 15’s to be supervised by an adult. Staff observation advised but never should there be a 1:1 ratio where a staff member is alone with a child.||1||3||Low|
|Fatality||Severe Injury||Injury||Minor Injury||No Injury|
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