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Developing a Child Safeguarding Statement- A Guide for Early Years Services in Ireland:

We have now put the Irish Language version of Developing a Child Safeguarding Statement – A Guide for Early Years Services in Ireland, published by the Early Years Child Protection Programme on our website along with the English version.  If you would like this emailed to you, please contact us.

The document aims to:

–          Provide information on the requirements of the Children First Act 2015 re Child Safeguarding Statements

–          Support Early Years Services to develop a Child Safeguarding Statement

–          Support services to implement best practice child safeguarding policies in line with Children First National Guidance 2017 and Children First Act 2015

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

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Garda Vetting Reminder: 

Garda Vetting for board members – Garda vetting required and 2 references for each board member. Garda Vetting for any new staff member processed after 29th April and not yet returned, the staff member in question is to be removed from the service as of 1st July until their Garda Vetting has been confirmed.

Please check www.tusla.ie for updates


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.


Child Protection and Welfare Training- Refresher Level

Practitioners should attend Refresher training every 3 years. This is a 3 hour training held at various locations around the County. Once, you complete the training, your certification is valid for another 3 years.


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 and the Children First Act 2015.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



Children First Act, 2015 – Commencement of Remaining Provisions

On 2nd October 2017 Minister Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, announced that the remaining provisions of the Children First Act, 2015 will commence on 11th December 2017.

The Act will impose statutory obligations on key professionals to report child protection concerns over a certain threshold to Tusla and on providers of relevant services to children to carry out a comprehensive risk assessment of their services and develop a Child Safeguarding Statement.

The Act includes provisions to:

  • introduce mandatory reporting of child abuse
  • place a legal obligation on organisations providing services to children to prepare and publish a Child Safeguarding Statement.


Early Years Services and the Children First Act, 2015

  • All persons carrying on or running a registered early years service and all who are employed in them as childcare staff are Mandated Persons under the Act and will acquire new legal obligations on Dec 11th, 2017.
  • Registered early years services who employ at least one other person will have a legal obligation to publish a Child Safeguarding Statement. Services will have 3 months from that date to comply with their obligations in relation to publishing a Child Safeguarding Statement.


Revised Children First Guidance

  • The revised Children First Guidance has been published and it includes the provisions of the Children First Act, 2015 it will come into operation on December 11th, 2017.
  • Early years services will be provided with a copy of the new guidance over the coming months.   The Guidance can be downloaded here: http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-2017/



More information

The Early Years Child Protection programme was established to support the implementation of Children First in the early years sector through delivery of a national child protection training plan and child protection policy supports. The Programme is currently updating its materials and developing support documentation. Regional information sessions will be held in partnership with Tusla on the new legal obligations and will be open to all early years services.

In the meantime, services are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the new Children First Guidance and other support documents published by Tusla, they include a Child Protection Reporter’s guide and a Guide to developing and Child Safe Guarding Statement all of which can be accessed here: http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-2017/.


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