Our organisation takes steps to prohibit, prevent, and address inappropriate behaviour by staff, volunteers, contracted or other personnel, in relation to children, vulnerable adults and the local community.


7.1 We have comprehensive safeguarding guidelines, systems, and disciplinary procedures in place to prevent and address inappropriate behaviour of staff, volunteers, contracted or other personnel towards:

1) each other 2) the local community 3) vulnerable adults and 4) children

Suggested evidence (some evidence is mandatory) – Copies of/extracts or screenshots from/links to:


§  VSA’s mission statement, values and goals and strategic plan reflect a commitment to the broad social justice agenda and

addressing the issues of injustice, poverty, inequality and the root causes of these;

§  VSA’s membership and/or involvement in networks, organisations, campaigns and actions on social justice issues in Ireland and


§  VSA images and messaging connecting local and global issues;

§  Training plan or outline of workshops for VSAs and local partners to develop an understanding of root causes of injustice, poverty

and inequality. 


7.2 We engage with and support local partners with regard to issues of safeguarding children, vulnerable adults and the local community to ensure common systems, mutual learning and development of good practice.

Suggested evidence (some evidence is mandatory) – Copies of/extracts or screenshots from/links to:


§  Minutes of meetings/workshop plans between the VSA, local partner and/or local community to identify structural inequalities

and power dynamics;

§  Programme planning based on documented research and analysis of injustice, poverty and inequality at the local, regional and

national levels;

§  Participatory research tools including the recruitment and training of community representatives to carry out research to

identify root causes and communities’ experiences;

§  Programme and projects plans have clear aims and objectives to address the root causes of poverty, social injustice and


§  Evidence based targeting of those experiencing injustice and inequality. 


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