Parents Co-operation

In order to help ensure children and young people’s safety and welfare we ask parents to be aware of the following information:

  • If available it would be beneficial to attend a Parent Information session. If not please visit our website to inform yourself of the detail of policies and procedures for operation of the programme that your child is attending
  • The signature of one parent is required for a child’s attendance on the programme.
  • it is best if one  parent enrolling a child in the programme discusses  a child’s possible attendance in advance of the programme with other parent. If any dispute arises between parents on this issue at a later stage, it may result in the child being withdrawn from the programme. When this has happened in the past, it has been very distressing for the child.
  • Please ensure that prior to enrolling your child into the Rainbows programme that  you discuss with your child and explain about the programme and their possible attendance.
  • It is important that your child understands the what Rainbows is about  and agrees to attend the programme.
  • Please understand  that Rainbows is a Listening Service and NOT counselling or therapy
  • Please understand  that no notes are taken or feedback given to parents
  • Parents may speak to the Rainbows Coordinator, i.e. the person in charge of the programme.
  • Facilitators of the groups do not engage with parents, guardians or any others in relation to facilitating groups
  • Parents are contacted onlly if there is a child protection issue or if the programme is not meeting the needs of your child at this particular time
  • Parents are requested to  bring and collect children on time for the activities. Rainbows Volunteers are not responsible for children outside of programme hours.
  • If a child is returning home on their own, a letter giving permission should attach to their application. If the child is cycling or on scooter/skates returning home, this detail needs to  be included in the letter. Rainbows cannot accept responsibility for any child returning home unattended.
  • Three people are designated to collect children. Unless prior information is given to the Coordinator, a child can only be allowed depart with one of the three named on the application form.
  • If the person collecting a child is deemed a possible risk to the child returning home the child cannot be allowed depart with that person. The parent will be contacted unless that puts a child at further risk. The Gardai may be notified immediately. A report may be required to be sent to the Duty Care Social Worker
  • Please complete the Application fully – answering all questions
  • Please be aware that a child’s journal is part of the Rainbows Programme. It cannot be requested to be seen by anybody (except by a Social Worker concerning a Child Protection issue).
  • Journals are the property of all participants and are stored securely and confidentially between each session
  • A child may not want to bring home a journal at the end of the programme. It is stored for a minimum of 6 months and then shredded.
  • Some sites are able to invite parents to the closing session of the programme – The Celebrate Me Session – please try and attend or ensure that someone known to the child attends