Stanzas is strongly committed to safeguarding the well-being of all the children and young people with whom it works. Stanzas works to ensure an encouraging, engaging, inspiring and educational environment, while at all times ensuring their safety and welfare. Our events are held in a public space, (Ormston House, Cultural Resource Centre) and are alcohol-free. We aim to provide an inclusive and alternative Friday Night for young people and writers of all levels, especially catering to those of a university-going age(18-28).
All workshop facilitators and guests are poets and artists who act as assisting writers (as opposed to teachers) and carry into the creative space an abundance of writing experience, accolades and strong publication and workshop backgrounds. All our workshops are held in a publically accessible space and there will always be a member of Stanzas on hand to deal with any issues and act as a witness to the events.
Stanzas’ Child Protection Policy is based upon and follows the principles of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs Child Protection Policy, as outlined in Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), Our Duty to Care – The Principles of Good Practice for the Protection of Children and Young People and Poetry Ireland’s Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children and Young People in the Arts Sector. In accordance with these principles, it is good practice (at the very least) for all organisations that have contact with children and young people to introduce a child protection policy/protocol. This helps to provide safeguards and support for the participant children or teenage writers, as well as for the assisting writers, school teachers and library staff when they are working together.
Stanzas actively ensures that garda vetting procedures are adhered to for each and every project and poet chosen to provide workshops for writers under the age of 18.
Furthermore, Stanzas will aim complete the child protection best practice and policy guidelines course provided by the Arts Council and Health Services Executive in 2018 and appoint Shane Vaughan as the Garda Vetting Officer for Stanzas via the Public Participation Network.
For more detailed information about Child Protection Procedures, Policies and Guidelines, refer to the following links: