From January 2014, child protection training for the Early Years sector will be delivered by the County Childcare Committees and a number of Voluntary Childcare Organisations.
- The first level of training to be offered is Child Protection & Welfare: Basic Level.
This is a TUSLA the Child and Family Agency accredited module that has been developed for the Early Years sector.
- TUSLA Child and Family Agency will no longer provide training on child protection to the sector and the new programme replaces ‘Keeping Children Safe’
CHILD PROTECTION & WELFARE TRAINING: BASIC LEVEL
This is a one-day TUSLA accredited course and it will be rolled out from Jan 2014.
It is for everyone working in the Early Years Sector including staff and boards of management in Early Years services and notified childminders. It looks at what constitutes child abuse, roles and responsibilities in reporting child protection and welfare concerns, child protection policy and safe work practices.
This course replaces ‘Keeping Children Safe’ and other HSE child protection training.
WHY THE NEED FOR A NEW TRAINING PROGRAMME?
Children First Guidance 2011 recognises the important role of training in recognising and responding to child abuse and welfare concerns. The Guidance notes that all services involved with children have a responsibility to provide training in this area on an on-going basis, it is envisaged that the forthcoming Children First Legislation will place this on a statutory footing.
Until now there has not be a uniform module available for the sector and availability of quality training has very much depended on area, with some areas very well served and others having limited access to child protection training. The new Programme provides a quality assured child protection training module tailored to the practice needs of the sector and available to everyone at a nominal cost.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE BASIC LEVEL TRAINING?
Child Protection & Welfare – Basic Level Training is aimed at everyone working in Early Years services. This includes:
- Voluntary notified childminders
- Statutory notified childminders
- Workers in Early Years Services
- Boards of management
Childminders who are not in the notified categories may attend the training if there are spaces available.
WILL PARTICIPANTS NEED TO REFRESH?
It is recommended that Early Years Workers attend this training every 3 years. For example, people who have attended Keeping Safe Training in 2013 would not be expected to attend the new course until 2016. It will remain the responsibility of the worker and employer to ensure that their training is up to date.
WILL PARTICIPANTS GET A CERTIFICATE?
Child Protection & Welfare – Basic Level Training is an accredited training course and all participants who complete the full session will be awarded a certificate. Trainers will issue the certificate to participants who complete the full day’s training.
Participants will be asked to file their certificate carefully as it may be required as part of the inspection process. There will be an admin charge to re-issue lost certificates.
In order to provide a fair and equitable approach to the delivery of training throughout the County, Kildare County Childcare Committee will provide training in each of the five Electoral Division (E.D.) areas within the County. This will ensure that participants will not have to travel long distances to the training.
A map of the county showing the division of the electoral areas is provided below for your consideration.
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Each Childcare service will be notified of upcoming training in their E.D. area through email, as there is a high demand for this training, it is essential that services book their places through Kildare County Childcare Committee and services are urged to respond as soon as possible as places are filled quickly.