Advice, information and training for staff and volunteers of organisations
It is the responsibility of your organisation to identify what training your staff and volunteers need and to ensure that they receive adequate and appropriate child welfare and protection information and training.
Tusla has worked with the DCYA and HSE to developed a universal e-learning training programme called ‘Introduction to Children First’. The programme has been written to support people of all backgrounds and experience in recognising concerns about children and reporting such concerns if they arise. It covers topics including:
- Recognising and reporting child abuse;
- The role of mandated persons;
- The responsibilities of organisations working with children to safeguard children;
- The role of designated liaison persons.
The e-learning programme can be accessed here.
Tusla has also produced guidance to assist organisations developing their own specific Children First training. Tusla's Best Practice Principles for Organisations in Developing Children First Training Programmes can be accessed here.
Tusla employs Children First Information and Advice Officers who are available to liaise with voluntary and community organisations and provide advice and guidance on Children First 2017. They can also help with any queries about child protection and welfare training. Contact details for your local Children First Information and Advice Officer can be found here.
It is the responsibility of Government Departments to ensure that children and young people are kept safe while accessing services provided or funded by each department. If your organisation falls under the remit of, or receives funding from, a Government Department, please note that you have an obligation be are aware of and comply with Children First legislation and Guidance. Please see www.dcya.ie for further information.
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