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The Heritage Council’s mission is to engage, educate and advocate to develop a wider understanding of the vital contribution that our heritage makes to our social, environmental and economic well-being.

Child Protection Policy

The Heritage Council has a corporate duty to promote the safety and well-being of children with whom it is in contact in any capacity. This policy document deals with the recognition, reporting and management of child safety concerns and will assist anyone working on behalf of Council in having due regard for the rights and interests of children. This policy applies to all those in receipt of Heritage Council funding as well as Heritage Council staff. 

The Heritage Council interacts with young people in several different ways; through the provision of the Heritage in Schools programme, Heritage Officer Projects, other grant aided projects and education projects. The Heritage Council is tasked with putting in place suitable child protection guidelines and policies in line with Children First — National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children. The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht also ensures compliance with this obligation through the Service Level Agreement Process and also through the oversight Committee on Child Protection. Given the wider societal concerns in relation to child protection it is essential that strong guidelines regarding child protection are in place to support all staff and those supported by the Heritage Council who may interact with children in any capacity and to ensure protection of any child in our care.