Child Safeguarding

Child Safeguarding Statement

Responding to the demographic of our area, Draíocht has a particular commitment to working with children and young people aged 0- 18 years. We believe that the welfare of children engaging with us is paramount. We believe in the value of the arts for children. These beliefs commit us to a child-centred approach in providing access to the arts in a safe and stimulating environment where children feel free to be their creative selves, to be protected from harm, listened to and heard.
Working collaboratively with artists of all disciplines, we journey with people of all ages, to enhance their lives through arts events, projects and initiatives both on and off site. We engage and work specifically with children through the following ways:

  • Workshops and projects
  • As audience members
  • Through productions and performances
  • Consultations
  • Communications via the internet and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

Our principles and procedures which should be observed to ensure, as far as possible, that a child is safe from harm, reflect national policy and legislation and are underpinned by Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017, the Tusla Children First - Child Safeguarding Guide 2017, and the Children First Act 2015, along with our unique Children’s Charter, which sets out our promise to the children we serve.

Draíocht’s Relevant Person under the Children First Act 2015 and Designated Liaison Person is:
Sarah Beirne, Children’s & Youth Arts Officer, Draíocht, Blanchardstown Town Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Telephone: +353 1 8098029 Email:

And The Deputy Liaison:
Emer McGowan, Director, Draíocht, Blanchardstown Town Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Telephone: +353 1 8098027 Email:

Read our Full Child Safeguarding Statement