Policies

Child Protection and Garda Vetting

The Knockadoon Youth Week and Friars of the Dominican Order in Ireland are committed to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people  in our services by protecting them from all forms of abuse. We are committed to providing a safe space for children and young people to enjoy themselves, grow in their faith and relax in the company of their peers.

We will endevaour to safeguard children by:

  • Delivering in-house best practices and safe training to all volunteer leaders and staff involved in the KYW
  • Ensuring all our volunteer leaders and staff are Garda Vetted.
  • Ensuring all our volunteer leaders and staff have completed a Child Protection training course organised by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI)
  • Providing effective management for staff and volunteer leaders through supervision, support, and training.
  • Adopting child protection guidelines through a code of behaviour for staff and volunteer leaders.
  • Sharing information with relevant agencies on a need to know basis

Policy Documents

KYW Constitution

The KYW constitution describes the fundamental principles of the KYW, the basic structures and the processes of the organisation. This version of the constitution was approved by the Irish Dominican Province and the KYW committee on the 30th April 2016 and thereafter implemented.

Knockadoon Camp Child Protection Policy

The following policy is the reviewed statement of Knockadoon Dominican Camp on safeguarding children and young people. This policy replaces and supersedes all and any policy issued by the Camp to date in relation to children and young people using Knockadoon Dominican Camp. This policy applies to all children and young people, and to the leaders and workers at the Camp, irrespective of which group or organisation uses the facilities of Knockadoon Camp.

KYW Anti Bullying Policy

Knockadoon does not see bullying as a trivial matter, as it can manifest itself on a regular basis in all shapes and forms. Knockadoon will not tolerate bullying in any form at any level on camp. The camp will raise awareness of bullying as a form of unacceptable behaviour, with all participants involved with Knockadoon. The purpose of this policy is to emphasise the devastating effects of bullying on the individual and Knockadoon as an organisation. Leaders and the Dominican Community will promote mutual respect and self esteem among all participants. Leaders will regularly raise awareness of bullying and be alert to incidents of bullying.

KYW Catholic Ethos Policy

Knockadoon Camp is run by the Irish province of the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans). Like every apostolate of the Order it has part of its purpose the preaching of the Catholic Faith. It seeks to be a community that shines forth the light of Christ to the world. It goes without saying that any youth camp run by the Order would strongly maintain a Catholic ethos in all that pertains to the daily life and activity of the camp.

Leaders who attended KYW Reunion in 2016

KYW Leader Charter

The Leader Charter outlines the values and principles which are fundamental to the KYW, Knockadoon Camp and the young people who volunteer as leaders. The KYW is committed to involving young people in the decision-making of the organisation and becoming active citizens in their community

The aim of the Leader Charter is:

  • To inform all leaders involved in the operation of KYW about their rights and responsibilities;
  • To list the rights and responsibilities of the KYW as an organisation;
  • To inform parties about aspects of volunteer leadership within the KYW.