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Child Protection & Children First

Children First

We offer a one day training course on Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children.

The Children First: National Guidance is intended to assist people in identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect and deal effectively with concerns. It emphasizes that the needs of children and families must be at the centre of child protection and welfare services, and that the welfare of children is of paramount importance. It highlights the roles and responsibilities of the HSE and An Garda Síochána, which are the two agencies with statutory responsibility for child protection. It also offers guidance to agencies and community and voluntary organisations (e.g. religious/faith sector, sporting organisations, etc) that have contact with or provide services to children. (Children First, p4)

Safeguarding and Child Protection

We also offer child protection training specifically dealing with providing safe care for young people in residential care. Creating a professional culture of openness and transparency within the residential care setting is essential for services to achieve best practice standards in keeping young people safe. This training is aimed at those working in a residential setting and will include an examination of the processes and procedures necessary to make a residential environment safer for young people and staff. It will focus on the creation of a culture of openness, on the systems which promote a safer environment, on professional boundaries in the caring relationship, policy and procedure documentation and reflective practice.