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Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children ISPCC
 

Description
A Clear Child Centered Ethos
The ISPCC believes in every child's right to a safe passage through childhood. The idea of child centeredness is at the core of all ISPCC policy and practice. Child centeredness sees the child as the primary client of child care and protection services. It seeks to understand the real needs of children and respond to them in the most appropriate way to ensure children's health, physical, psychological and emotional well being and development. The ISPCC believes that good childcare, which values childhood and acknowledges children's rights as individuals and full citizens, is synonymous with good child protection.

Participation of Children
The ISPCC sees itself as serving and belonging to the children and young people of Ireland. Several developments have occurred during 1995/96 to encourage children's participation in the ISPCC itself and in the wider child care debate. All ISPCC services have implemented viewpoint questionnaires which will allow children using ISPCC services to register their own evaluation of those services. Children's Advisory Committees operate in each region and children and young people attend and make representations to the ISPCC National Executive Committee on a regular basis.

Aims ans Objectives: All ISPCC Policy and Practice has Five Key Objectives:
  1. To facilitate better child/parent relationships.
  2. To facilitate better understanding of children's needs and better nurturing of children.
  3. To eliminate all violence and abuse in the family or towards children in general.
  4. To improve attitudes towards children.
  5. Promoting the rights & citizenship of children in line with the UN Convention on the rights of the child.

Services
All volunteer counsellors should have a firm belief in and commitment to children's rights. All selected volunteers are invited to participate in 17 session training course which normally runs over an eight and a half week period. Formal professional or educational qualifications are not necessary as full training will be provided.
Volunteers normally work at least one four hour shift per week. In services which operate on a 24 hour basis, ie. Childline and Leanbh, a commitment to participate in overnight shifts on a bi-monthly basis is required, and give a commitment to stay with the agency for two years.
All Volunteers are required to commit to the principle of fundraising. Volunteers also have an opportunity to get involved in the Society's campaigns and events, such as The Family March, National Children's Forum, Childline Birthday Party, etc. ISPCC commits to providing ongoing supervision and training for all volunteers and to provide specialist input at annual events such as the volunteer conference. All Volunteer Counsellors should be over 18 years of age.

Contact
  ISPCC Head Office,
20 Molesworth Street,
  Dublin 2.
Tel: 01 - 679 4944
Fax: 01 - 679 1746
Email: ispcc@ispcc.ie
Web: www.ispcc.ie
 

Nation-wide Branches
Drogheda 70 Trinity Street,
  Co. Louth

Cork 12 Mary Street

Limerick 115 O'Connell Street

Galway Unit 21,
  Town Park Centre,
  Tuam Road

Wexford 40 Abbey Street

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