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Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult Protection Guidelines


  • Treat all young people, children and vulnerable adults with respect and dignity.

  • Report any incidents or issues related to the protection of children or vulnerable adults to your host organisation and, when appropriate, to project mentor.

  • Ensure the safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults by careful supervision, proper pre-planning and using safe methods at all times.

  • Actively encourage all children, young people and vulnerable adults to get involved – do not discriminate on the grounds of religious beliefs, race, gender, social class or ability.

  • Use appropriate physical contact when responding to the need of the child or vulnerable adult i.e. where it is initiated by the child

  • Respect a young person, vulnerable adult or child’s right to privacy, personal space and dignity. Respect the personal and sexual boundaries of others.

  • Be a role model; remember that children learn from example – be positive in your language and behaviour.

  • If the organisation has its own child/vulnerable adult protection policy, make sure you read it.

  • If the organisation has a designated Child Protection Officer, make sure you know who it is.

  • Protect yourself from false accusation by:

Not spending excessive amounts of time alone with a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

Not administering first aid or other care to children, young people or vulnerable adult that involves removing their clothes – unless in the presence of others and with the person’s permission.



  • Take pictures of children without permission from their parents/guardian and the project

  • Share pictures of children on social media or any other public platform (you could be prosecuted)

  • Spend time alone with a child, young person or vulnerable adult if it can be avoided (never close the door if you are the only adult in the room)

  • Raise your voice when talking to a child

  • Become overly involved with any one child, young person or vulnerable adult.

  • Tolerate favouritism.

  • Use any kind of physical punishment.

  • Ridicule or reject a child, young person or vulnerable adult.


We recommend you to follow this free online Child Protection Training:


Useful Publications:

Our Duty to Care, Department of Health and Children fact sheets: _care.html

Children First: National Guidelines for the protection and welfare of children:

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