Cork DesignerDojo Child Protection Statement
The welfare and safety of Youth Members of CoderDojo is paramount. All CoderDojo staff members and volunteers endeavour to ensure that children and young people are protected and kept safe from harm while participating in CoderDojo activities.
In law, a child is defined as someone under the age of 18 (Child Care Act, 2001). The CoderDojo Child Protection Policy is designed to protect children and young people from neglect, physical, sexual and emotional harm or abuse.
The CoderDojo Child Protection Policy provides volunteers with information to help them understand the various categories of child abuse, what situations might constitute reasonable grounds for concern and advice on how to respond to disclosure.
The CoderDojo Child Protection Policy is based on and consistent with current Child Protection legislation in the Republic of Ireland and procedures to be followed are in line with Children First, 2011. The CoderDojo Child Protection Policy will be reviewed when relevant Child Protection legislation is changed or introduced or in lieu of this it will be reviewed every 2 years.
Cork DesignerDojo Youth Participation Statement
CoderDojo promotes the concept of meaningful youth participation in the programme and in the organisation at all levels.
CoderDojo recognises that it is not sufficient just to let youth members express their opinions but that they are encouraged to participate fully in decision-making and in the running of their Dojo and contribute to the community both regionally and globally.
CoderDojo recognises that young people need support to get fully involved and to contribute to the running of the Organisation. CoderDojo envisages that this will result in its youth members not only contributing to the Organisation, its Aim and principles but also aiding their personal development and their training for effective and constructive participation in society.