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Child Protection Statement of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services is committed to preventing abuse and neglect happening to children or young people and the wider community. St Patrick’s Mental Health Services will therefore take all possible care in its recruitment processes to employ people who will not abuse or neglect users of the service. St Patrick’s Mental Health Services will provide ongoing training to employees in this area so that they are aware of signs and risks of abuse and neglect and know how to report either to Tusla (Child and Family Agency) or Gardai.

When reports of concern or allegations of abuse and neglect past and present are made to St Patrick’s Mental Health Services staff, these will be followed up and if appropriate, reported to Tusla and Gardai for assessment and investigation. Any form of behaviour, which undermines the physical, sexual emotional and/or financial wellbeing of those who attend our service is unacceptable. All reports will be followed up in a fair and impartial manner and in accordance with the principals of natural justice. The welfare of those using our service and their dependents however will be of paramount concern.

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