Safeguarding – Policy and Procedures

Foras na Gaeilge is committed to the delivery of a quality service that promotes good practice and creates a safe environment to protect children, young people and/or vulnerable adults from harm. It will also ensure procedures are in place to safeguard staff / volunteers and the organisation from potential allegations.

The North/South Language Body* is committed to ensuring Safeguarding Policy and Procedures are up-to-date. An appointed Language Body Safeguarding Committee meets twice a year and undertakes an internal review on an annual basis, while an external review is carried out every three years in accordance with changes in legislation and practice guidelines.

The Safeguarding Policy and Procedures are approved by the Boards of Foras na Gaeilge and the Ulster-Scots Agency, as well as the North/South Language Body Board. In addition the safeguarding policy statement will be prominently displayed in offices and venues, as well as the relevant sections of the websites of each Agency.

The policy was developed in conjunction with the Ulster-Scots Agency and with expertise from Volunteer Now.

Click here for the Safeguarding document

Code of Practice

The code of practice below was developed in conjunction with the Ulster-Scots Agency and with expertise from Volunteer Now.

To support groups working with young people and/or vulnerable adults, a code of practice has been developed and is available here to download so that it can be adapted to and implemented in your own organisation. All staff members must be informed of this code and it is recommended that the good-practice procedures be implemented.

This code of practice is relevant to any group operating anywhere in the country. It is based on the best expertise and good practice throughout the island.

Click here for the code of practice

It is necessary to register in order to recieve updates on any future ammendments to the code of practice due to changes in legislation etc:

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  • Name of the group:
  • Contact name:
  • Email address:

Foras na Gaeilge provides an awareness course delivered by qualified trainers on safeguarding, depending on demand. For more information contact us at


Childline_Aire_beagThe Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern Ireland, Carál Ní Chuilín, is calling for organisations working with children to raise awareness of the ChildLine number – 0800 1111.

Minister Ní Chuilín said: “I am very pleased to be able to promote ChildLine across the culture, arts and leisure sectors. Child protection across these sectors is very important. I would like to see every child participating in these activities to have access to the ChildLine number 0800 1111 where they can get additional help and support for any issue that’s worrying them. Organisations can simply do this by displaying the ChildLine logo on their website, putting up posters or distributing ChildLine information cards.

“It is the duty of every organisation working in this sector to put in place safeguards to protect the children they are working with to establish a culture of safety to ensure young people’s voices are heard. It is also vital that young people know that they can seek help from ChildLine.”