Charity Status

Open Spectrum CLG are delighted to announce that they have been awarded charity status on the 27/04/2022 . Our registered number is 20206387. All of our wonderful volunteers and participants are committed to developing and growing this wonderful charity.

CHILD SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT OF OPEN SPECTRUM CLG 

OPEN SPECTRUM provides extra-curricular activities for children up to the age of 18 who are on the autistic spectrum. Our volunteer-led service is designed around the needs of children and we comply with all national legislation and guidelines to promote the safety and well-being of our participants. 

RISK ASSESSMENT 

We have carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while availing of our services. Below is a list of the areas of risk identified and the list of procedures for managing these risks. 

1.PHYSICAL INJURY Premises are inspected by our Health and Safety Officer. Parent/guardian is on site or within reach by phone.. First Aid kit is with parent co-ordinator on site. In case of serious injury, coach will call emergency services. 2.FIRE Fire safety standards and drill have been checked and shared with coach by Health and Safety Officer. Coach is responsible for evacuation. 

3.RISK OF DISTRESS TO PARTICIPANT CAUSED BY ANOTHER PARTICIPANT

 All participants have subscribed to the OS Code of Conduct. Parent/guardian is on site or within reach by phone. If agreement is not reached, participant accused of causing distress may be asked by coach to withdraw from activity. 4.RISK OF DISTRESS TO PARTICIPANT CAUSED BY PARENT/GUARDIAN Parents/guardians have subscribed to the OS Code of Conduct. If agreement to desist is not reached between parent and coach, parent accused of causing distress may be asked by coach to withdraw from activity.

 5.RISK OF FLIGHT

Premises are inspected by Health and Safety Officer. Appropriate coach/participant ratios are maintained. Parent is on site or easily reachable by phone. 

6.RISK OF CONTRACTING COVID 19 

Open Spectrum adheres to all national legislation and guidelines regarding the spread of Covid 19. 

7.RISK OF ABUSE OR EXPOSURE TO INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR BY COACHNOLUNTEER 

Open Spectrum coaches and volunteers are Garda Vetted and subscribe to the Open Spectrum Code of Behaviour for Open Spectrum coaches. 

PROCEDURES 

Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, “Children First:National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children” (2017) and Tusla’s “Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice.”

2. Procedure for the safe recruitment and selection of coaches and volunteers to work with our young adults. 

3. Procedure for the provision of and access to training and information regarding the safeguarding of children including the identification of occurrence of harm. 4.Procedure for the reporting of serious concerns regarding the welfare of vulnerable adults to An Garda Siochana. 

5. Procedure for appointing a person who will be the first point of contact for any issues which arise from this Safeguarding Statement.. 

IMPLEMENTATION 

We recognise that implementation is an on-going process. Open Spectrum CLG is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep vulnerable adults safe from harm while availing of our service. 

This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on March 1st, 2022 or as soon as is practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

Helen Norris has been designated by Open Spectrum CLG as the first point of contact for any issues which arise in relation to this Safeguarding Statement and she can be contacted in complete confidence at bellsnorris@gmail.com Signed: Victoria White, Chairperson, Open Spectrum CLG Email: info@openspectrum.ie

VULNERABLE ADULT SAFEGUARDING POLICY OF OPEN SPECTRUM CLG

OPEN SPECTRUM provides extra-curricular activities for vulnerable adults between the ages of 18 and 22 who are on the autistic spectrum.  Our volunteer-led service is designed around the needs of these vulnerable adults and we comply with all national legislation and the HSE’s Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse – National Policy and Procedures to promote the safety and well-being of our participants.

1.PHYSICAL INJURY

Premises are inspected by our Health and Safety Officer.  Parent/guardian is on site or within reach by phone.  First Aid kit is with parent co-ordinator on site.  In case of serious injury coach will call emergency services.

2.FIRE

Fire safety standards and drill have been checked and shared with coaches by the Health and Safety Officer.  The coach is responsible for evacuation.

3.RISK OF DISTRESS TO PARTICIPANT CAUSED BY ANOTHER PARTICIPANT

All participants have subscribed to the OS Code of Conduct.  If agreement is not reached, participant accused of causing distress may be asked by the coach to withdraw from activity.

4.RISK OF DISTRESS TO PARTICIPANT CAUSED BY PARENT/GUARDIAN

Parents/guardians have subscribed to the OS Code of Conduct.  If agreement to desist is not reached between parent and coach, parent accused of causing distress may be asked by coach to withdraw from activity.

5.RISK OF FLIGHT

Premises are inspected by Health and Safety Officer.  Appropriate coach/participant ratios are maintained.  Parent/guardian is on site or easily reachable by phone.

6.RISK OF CONTRACTING COVID 19

Open Spectrum adheres to all national legislation and guidelines regarding the spread of Covid 7.RISK OF ABUSE OR EXPOSURE TO INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR BY COACH/VOLUNTEER

Open Spectrum coaches and volunteers are Garda vetted and subscribe to the Open Spectrum Code of Behaviour for Open Spectrum coaches.

8.BREACH OF PRIVACY/DISRESPECT OF AUTONOMY

Open Spectrum will ensure that vulnerable adults only remain on the Open Spectrum database and participate in Open Spectrum activities of their own volition.

PROCEDURES

Our Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with the HSE Safeguarding Policy – Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse – National Policy and Procedures.  In addition to the procedures listed in our risk assessment, the following procedures support our intention to safeguard vulnerable adults while they are availing of our service:

1.Procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct against coaches/volunteers of a vulnerable adult availing of our service.

2. Procedure for the safe recruitment and selection of coaches and volunteers to work with our young adults.

3. Procedure for the provision of and access to training and information regarding the safeguarding of vulnerable adults including the identification of occurrence of harm.

4.Procedure for the reporting of serious concerns regarding the welfare of vulnerable adults to An Garda Siochana.

5. Procedure for appointing a person who will be the first point of contact for any issues which arise from this Safeguarding Statement..

IMPLEMENTATION

We recognise that implementation is an on-going process.  Open Spectrum CLG is committed to the implementation of this Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep vulnerable adults safe from harm while availing of our service.

This Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on March 1st, 2022 or as soon as is practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

Helen Norris has been designated by Open Spectrum CLG as the first point of contact for any issues which arise in relation to this Safeguarding Statement and she can be contacted in complete confidence at bellsnorris@gmail.com

Signed: Victoria White, Chairperson, Open Spectrum CLG

Email: info@openspectrum.ie

WICKLOW WALK 2022

Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th April

76km walk over 3 days

WALK WITH US!
JOIN THE WICKLOW WAY WALK AND SUPPORT ACTIVITIES FOR AUTISTIC CHILDREN AND TEENS IN SOUTH DUBLIN!

Walk the stunning Wicklow Way from Aughavanagh to Marlay Park will be led by an expert guide.

The walk will take place over 3 days:

  • Day One: Aughavanagh to Glendalough 24km
  • Day Two: Glendalough to Knockree 28km
  • Day Three: Knockree to Marlay Park 24km

Register for the whole trek: EUR 100; One day’s trek: EUR 50

(Hostel accommodation to be booked separately by walkers)

Every penny raised will go towards Open Spectrum’s activities for autistic children and teens in South Dublin! Sponsorship cards provided.

Accommodation in Enniskerry for Saturday, April 23rd: the Knockree Hostel is not available please find alternative accommodation or contact us on openspectrum2@gmail.com if you need help

See event details and book here: Wicklow Walk 2022 – Open Spectrum

Photos from this wonderful three days can be found under the activities section of the website.

Information on Open Spectrum Events

Since November 2019 we operate an online booking and payment system .

Prior to booking any activity online you must be a registered member of open spectrum . To register you will need to fill in our online registration form . Once you have registered , our secretary will approve your membership . This can take a day or two .

Please not that we are all volunteers and we will endeavour to complete this process as soon as possible . Once you are approved you will be allowed access to the events and bookings . All activities operate on a first come first serve basis and part payments or refunds are not possible . 

OPEN SPECTRUM UPDATE

Open Spectrum is about to enter a new phase, incorporating as a company as agreed at our AGM! After we achieve this we will register as a charity – so stay with us for the ride. We have also just implemented a facility to pay for activities on this site but you must register your child/teen on this site to do so. This is so that we can keep our activities safe and restricted to our OS kids unless stated otherwise. Payments for activities can be made under Events.

PRIVACY POLICY

OPEN SPECTRUM PRIVACY POLICY

If you agree to our Privacy Policy you are agreeing:

That Open Spectrum can hold your child’s data securely until the month when your child turns 18 and thereafter only if you and your child wish to remain enrolled to participate in Young Adult activities.

That only the Chair of OS, the Secretary of OS shall have access to this data or be informed in any way of the contents of this data.

That a coach of an activity in which your child is enrolled may be informed of your child’s age and diagnosis if necessary and helpful to the coach.

That a coach of an activity in which your child is enrolled will be given a contact email or phone number for a parent or guardian but will never be given a contact number for any young person enrolled.