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Child Protection and Welfare – Early Years

Training and Information

Children First E-Learning Programme                                                                

Tusla has developed a universal e-learning training programme called ‘Introduction to Children First’. The programme has been written to support people in recognising concerns about children and reporting such concerns if they arise. The programme is based on Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017

The programme takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete. It does not replace the Foundation level training but could be used at induction stage/ where a staff member is waiting to access the Foundation training.

Child Protection and Welfare Training- Foundation Level

The Child Protection Certification is valid for 3 years. All staff in the service should complete the training. It is 6 hours and is held in various locations across the county.

Meitheal Lead Practitioner Training

For staff working with children and families in statutory, voluntary and community sectors. This training builds on participants knowledge and skills to equip them to apply the Meitheal Model in practice in order to achieve better outcomes for children, young people and their families.

This training has been delivered by Túlsa for WCCC and is also held throughout the year by Túlsa (Child and Family Support Network.

Support Documents

There are a number of support documents developed by Túsla and also the Naional Early Years Child Protection Programme.


A guide for the Reporting of Child Protection and Welfare Concerns

Guidance on Developing a Child Safeguarding Statement

Mandated Assisting Protocol for Tusla Staff

Child Safeguarding Statement Template

Child Protection and Welfare Report Form

Irish version Child Protection and Welfare report form.

Retrospective Abuse Report Form

Irish version of Retrospective Abuse Report Form



Developing a Child Safeguarding Statement – A Guide for Early Years Services in Ireland Feb 2018

Child Safeguarding Statement Template for Early Years Feb 2018

Responding to and Reporting a Child Protection or Welfare Concern Draft Policy for Early Years Services Feb 2018
















Developing a Child Protection & Welfare Policy: A Resource for Early Years Settings

This Resource is intended to support early years services to develop their own Child Protection and Welfare Policy. The resource is designed to be tailored to the management structure, number of employees, age of children in the service and other policies and procedures in operation in the service. This Document is intended as a guide only and does not take the place of legal or other advice. The information is correct as of the publication date. It remains the responsibility of the service to ensure that their Child Protection and Welfare Policy complies with all the relevant requirement.

Developing a Child Protection & Welfare Policy A Resource for Early Years Services


If you would like any support in developing your Child Protection and Welfare policy, please don’t hesitate to contact Deirdre in the office on 051 295045/ dlindy@cccw.ie