The new National Child Safeguarding Website is the trusted resource regarding child protection and Early Learning and Care: http://childsafeguardingelc.ie/
We offer Children First, child protection training to services in the county on a regular basis. Please contact us for information on our next event.
ON HOLD due to Covid 19.
Full information on Children First and what to do if you have a concern about a child, is available at: https://www.tusla.ie/services/child-protection-welfare/children-first/
New Children First guidance came into effect on 11th December 2017, to allow for mandatory reporting of Child Protection concerns.
You can download the new Children First document here and we have hard copies available to collect from our offices in Irish and English.
These Questions and Answers for Early Years' Services are also very useful.
All childcare services, please note the following:
- All staff are to complete Children First E-learning programme: http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-e-learning-programme/
- All services must complete a Child Safeguarding Statement by 11th March 2018. The following documents from the Early Year's Child Protection Service will assist you with this:
Developing a Child Safeguarding Statement
Child Safeguarding Statement Template
Draft Child Protection Policy