Membership and Information

Child Protection and Welfare

The Association of Irish (AOIC) knows that many choirs and singing groups will engage with children and young people in their activities and so have compiled the following information to give some guidance in the area. This is particularly relevant of course to children’s and young choirs within AOIC’s membership.


The welfare of young people in state and community organisations has become a priority in recent years. It is recommended that all organisations dealing with children and young people implement a child protection policy and that staff receive training in child welfare matters.

Below are a selection of publications relating to child welfare policy. The best advice is to avail of Child First training supplied by the Tulsa, Barnardos or NYCI. This training works through the various potential issues that can arise when dealing with young people and creating a good environment for staff and young people.

You can download a list of contacts for information, advice and Keeping Safe training HERE. (ROI Only)

Useful Publications in the area:

Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children and Young People in the Arts Sector

This is The Arts Council publication which describes how to write a child protection policy. It can be downloaded as a pdf HERE.

Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children

This updated guide was published in 2011 by the Office Of the Minister for Children and Youth affairs. Download the guidelines HERE.

Tusla: Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice: 

Tusla have published this best practice guide for all providers of services for children and families to develop guiding principles and safeguarding procedures to keep children and young people using their services from harm. Download the pdf HERE

Garda Vetting Information 

Available from AOIC for members. Please contact aoic@ul.ie for details. 

Protecting our Children and Young People

This resource from the National Youth Council of Ireland  is aimed at youth clubs, services and organisations that are designing their child protection policy for the first time or reviewing their existing child protection policy. Download it HERE.

Code of Good Practice | Child Protection for The Youth Work Sector

This guide was published by the Youth Affairs Section of the Department of Education and Science (The Youth Affairs section is now under the Department of Health and Children). Download the guide HERE.

Our Duty to Care

This publication contains an introduction to best practice in child welfare and protection and deals with policies and procedures for dealing with child abuse reporting. It can be downloaded as a pdf HERE.

Guidelines for taking and using images of  children and young people in the arts sector

Published by The Arts Council. Contact The Arts Council on 01 618 0200 for hard copies. Download HERE.

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