Child and Family Agency
The Child and Family Agency has a legal responsibility under the Care Act 1991 to promote the welfare and protection of children.
Any person who has a concern about a child should report this to the Child and Family Agency.
All statutory, voluntary and community organisations working with and in direct contact with children should have procedures and guidelines derived from and consistent with the current Children First National Guidance for their staff and volunteers. The Child and Family Agency provides support for external services through Children First Information and Advice Officers.
Children First Information and Advice Officers are available to provide a link between the Child and Family Agency and external agencies, i.e. voluntary/community (Youth, religious, disability services), statutory (e.g. Local Government Management Services Board, Dept. of Education and Skills, Irish Sports Council) and private providers (e.g. residential services, early years). This involves;
- giving information and advice to enable them to devise and develop the necessary response to the Children First National Guidance.
- informing and assisting external groups and agencies dealing with children around their tasks, functions and responsibilities regarding Children First.
- providing training programmes and assist groups in developing their own training packages and child protection policies and procedures for their organisation