Children First

Children First Child Protection Training for Early Years Settings

 

Tusla – Child and Family Agency, new Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook 2. The Practice Handbook 2 is published as a companion document to the 2011 HSE Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook and Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (DCYA 2017).

 The content of the Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook 2 was compiled from submissions from numerous stakeholders and content experts, both within Tusla and from partner agencies with particular expertise. The new Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook 2 is written for use by front-line social workers, their line managers and other professionals. Practice Handbook 2 is divided into four sections, following the categories identified in Children First: National Guidance (DCYA 2017: 11–12): Parent or Carer Factors, Child Factors, Community Factors, and Environmental Factors. Chapters are provided under each of these headings on factors identified in Children First: National Guidance as well as some additional areas. Chapters provide a short description of each topic area, followed by some key messages from research and a practice note to assist professionals in making evidence informed decisions and judgements.

 The Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook 2 can be found on the Tusla Website;         

 https://www.tusla.ie/uploads/content/Tusla_Child_Protection_Handbook2.pdf

 

Current Children First Training available here

Link below to new guidance and support documents as they are very helpful in understanding the new requirements around mandated persons and safety statements. These are available from the below link to the Tusla website:

 http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-2017/

 Another Helpful document to help you prepare for the New Children First Act 2015 (see below link)

  Early Years Child Protection - 5 Steps to prepare for New Children First Act 2015 - Mandatory Reporting of Child Protection Concerns – Commencing December 11th, 2017

 Child Protection Safeguarding Statement

See below documentation to support you in doing your own Child Safeguarding Statement

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

Child Safeguarding Statement Template for Early Years Feb 2018

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

 

Introduction to Children First’  E-learning Programme 

 http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/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 of all backgrounds and experience in recognising concerns about children and reporting such concerns if they arise. This Introduction does not replace the certified Children First training.

 

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 but it can be done in a number of sittings. It covers topics including: 

  • Recognising and reporting child abuse;
  • The role of mandated persons;
  • The responsibilities of organisations working with children to safeguard children;
  • The role of designated liaison persons.

This is an just an introduction. All staff are recommended to attend the full day Foundation  level once it is back up and running.