13 November 2018

Arts Council: Child Protection and Welfare – Quality Assurance Self-Audit

The Arts Council has developed a quality assurance framework for child protection and welfare to measure and evidence the compliance of funded or grant-aided artists and organisations. Read on for more information regarding how we can help you through the process.

In line with Children First:  National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), the Arts Council is required to ensure that those in receipt of funding or grant-aid and whose work brings them in contact with children are meeting their obligations under the Children First Act 2015.

In practice, the self-audit tool is a list of questions related to your organisation’s child protection roles, policies and procedures which must be answered ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.

As a condition of Arts Council funding in 2019, all funded organisations must undertake a Quality Assurance Self-Audit and return the completed questionnaire to the Arts Council. The Arts Council is in the process of contacting all such organisations directly and will explain how to use the Quality Assurance Self-Audit tool.

If you have been contacted by the Arts Council and need support returning the self-audit tool by the deadline, contact eoghan@youththeatre.ie.

If you are planning to apply for Arts Council funding schemes such as the Young Ensembles Scheme or Arts Grant Funding in 2019, it's a good idea to ensure you comply with the Quality Assurance Self-Audit in advance of the funding deadline. Youth Theatre Ireland has updated its Child Protection Policy template to ensure compatibility with the self-audit tool. Contact rhona@youththeatre.ie for the updated template and to register interest in an Information Session on the topic.

The Arts Council is also running a series of Child Protection and Welfare workshops around the country.  Notification of these workshops is published in their newsletter and on social media.  Email safeguarding@artscouncil.ie with queries or for your name to be added to a cancellation list.

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