Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency


The main responsibility for the care and protection of children rests with their parents/carers. The aim of Children First National Guidance 2011 is to promote the safety and well-being of your child whether they are at home, in school, in hospital and participating in recreational activities such as sports clubs, music lessons, etc.

Children First puts the best interests of the child first.   As parents, we cannot be with our children all of the time.  Children First places an obligation on the other people in your child’s life to put in place procedures to keep your child safe.  You can ask to see the child protection policy for any organisation, activity, group or club that your child is participating in.

Some parents/carers, for a range of reasons, are not able to provide adequate care for their children. These families need support and assistance. A minority of these families require intensive assessment and direct interventions to ensure the safety and well-being of their children. Early intervention into a family situation where children are at risk of harm is the best way to protect children and so enable a family to remain together. Children First puts in place procedures to identify and protect children who are being harmed or are at risk of harm.

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