Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Individuals working with Children and Young People

Any person who has a concern that a child is being abused or neglected, should report that concern to Tusla. The Children First Guidance will help you to recognise the signs of abuse or neglect, and will set out how you should report your concerns to Tusla.

If you are an adult working on your own to provide a service to children, you should ensure that your procedures follow best practice in child protection. Tusla’s Children First Information and Advice Service has developed a Child Safeguarding Resources List

The short video below provides an overview of some of the core child safeguarding policies and procedures you may need to have in place.


Under the Children First Act 2015, certain classes of people who work with children have additional responsibilities. Mandated Persons are required by law to report in writing to Tusla, serious concerns in relation to child abuse or neglect. They may also be asked to assist Tusla in assessing a concern about a child. The Children First Guidance includes a list of the classes of persons concerned, and gives information to help them to discharge their responsibilities.  Click below for information and support for Mandated Persons. 


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