Child safeguarding risk assessment (junior parkrun Ireland)

This risk assessment considers the potential for harm to come to children whilst they are at a junior parkrun event. In accordance with the requirements of Section 11 (1) of the Children First Act 2015 the risk is of abuse and harm, not health and safety, which is covered by our general junior parkrun risk assessment.

This risk assessment is the result of the parkrun UK & Ireland Safeguarding Lead, and the parkrun Ireland Country Manager, examining all aspects of junior parkrun from a safeguarding perspective to establish whether there are any practices or features of it that have the potential to put children at risk.

It is important to understand that it is not possible to eliminate risk completely, but risks can be significantly reduced if they are properly managed.

 

Potential risk of harm to children

Likelihood of risk occurring (L, M, H)

Seriousness of consequences if it did occur

Responsibility for risk

Current controls to reduce the risk/ future actions to reduce the risk

Pushy parents

High

Could be L, M or H depending on severity

Run Director, event team, Safeguarding Lead

All event teams receive face to face training from an experienced parkrun ambassador before an event is launched. It is detailed and includes time for questions and to explore areas of concern in detail.

All event teams also receive external face to face safeguarding training, prior to an event launching, arranged locally to the event.  

The issue of pushy parents is covered in both sets of training.

All incidents of pushy parents are reported to the Safeguarding Lead who follows it up.

Policy here. 

Non collection of a child

Low

Medium

Run Director

The above mentioned parkrun training covers this.

All incidents of non collection of a child are reported to the Safeguarding Lead who follows it up.

Policy here.

Children forming an inappropriate relationship with an adult volunteer/ Overfamiliarity

Low

High

Event Director, parent

All teams are trained on being aware of this in both above mentioned trainings.

Before an event is launched, everyone on the core team is Garda Vetted.

We are currently working on our compliancy so that all volunteers, other than occasional (once a month or less) or first time, are Garda Vetted.

Events are held in public places where children are always within sight of a marshal.

Policy here.

Unauthorised photography and recording activity

Low

Medium

Run Director

Photographers are registered volunteers who wear high-vis jackets, so anyone else taking photos would be easily spotted, and approached by the Run Director.

Photography policy.

Lack of correct Garda Vetting for key volunteers

Low

Medium

Safeguarding Lead

Before an event launches, the whole core team who are setting up the event are Garda Vetted

We monitor all event teams Garda Vetting status at junior parkrun events.

We are currently working on our compliancy so that all volunteers, other than occasional (once a month or less) or first time, are Garda Vetted.

Peer to peer behavioural issues

Low

Low

Run Director, Event Director

Anti bullying policy in place.

Missing child

Low

High

Run Director

This is covered in the above mentioned training.

Missing child policy in place.

Child being abducted or taken away by an unauthorised adult

Low

High

Run Director

All courses are designed that children are in sight of a marshal at all times. In addition, each event has at least one volunteer adult tail walker, who walks at the back, to ensure no one is left out on the course at the end and provides additional eyes and ears on the event.

Concerns of abuse or harm not reported

Medium

High

Event teams

How to identify abuse and how to report it is covered in both sets of training mentioned above.

Lack of knowledge of organisational and statutory reporting procedures

Medium

Medium

Safeguarding Lead, Ambassadors, Country Manager

Ongoing training and development for Safeguarding Lead.

Continue to work with external bodies, such as Athletics Ireland.

Recruitment of inappropriate volunteers

Medium

Medium

Ambassadors, Event Directors, Country Manager

As above, before an event launches all team members receive Garda Vetting to ensure they’re not barred from working with children.

There is a volunteer recruitment and management procedure in place for all ambassadors.

When problems arise with inappropriate volunteers, the ambassador and country manager deal with them on a case by case basis.


November 2018