Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

The Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook

The Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook has been written as a practice resource to support best practice in frontline Child Protection and Welfare work.  It is based on the Children First National Guidelines 2011 and sets out the key issues in the areas of recognising abuse, responding to referrals, risk factors, assessment, planning and intervention.  

Who is the Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook for?

The handbook will be of use to the whole spectrum of agencies and services who are directly or indirectly involved in the protection of welfare and children.  It is written primarily for Child and Family Agency Social Work Practitioners, with Sections 1 and 2 dedicated to Allied Professionals and Volunteers who work with children and their families.

What is it for?

The Handbook is intended as a practical resource that is easy to carry and to use as reference when needed.  It is divided in five key sections and seeks to support practitioners with key messages from national and international research, findings from inquiries and learning from good practice.  It is evidence based but practitioners should refer to the main research document if more in depth information is required.  Full references are available in the bibliography.  

The Child Protection and Welfare Handbook

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