Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

National Approach to Practice in Child Protection and Welfare – A briefing for Key Partners 

Tusla has developed a child protection e-learning briefing programme for professionals working with children and families in the community. It has been developed to support professionals in making referrals or reporting concerns to Tusla.  It will introduce professionals to Tusla’s National Approach to Practice – Signs of Safety and explain how this is applied at each stage of our work with children and families- reporting, assessment and intervention.  

The briefing will cover the principles and key components of the approach and detail how Signs of Safety is applied at every stage of Child Protection and Welfare Work. Through a true to life case study, the viewer is guided through what they can expect as a referrer when they report a concern, the kinds of questions they may be asked and how each stage is linked to safety planning.  

What will I learn? 

After completing the briefing, you will be able to: 

  • Understand what the process is for reporting child protection and welfare concerns to Tusla, how Tusla assesses these concerns and your role in this 
  • Identify the key components and principles of the Signs of Safety Approach  
  • Understand how the approach is applied to Child Protection and Welfare Work in Tusla and how this informs the types of questions you will be asked as a referrer 
  • Understand how each stage of our work is linked to safety planning and how keeping children safe is the centre of our work with children and families 

Benefits of the briefing 

  • Understand the core elements of Signs of Safety, Tusla’s national approach to child protection and how to confidently make a referral to Tusla 
  • Access the briefing anytime, anywhere and as many times as you like 
  • Complete at your own pace and in our own time.  

Who is this briefing for? 

Under Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017, everyone who works with children has a responsibility to keep them safe. 

This means that everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking immediate action, so that children receive the right help at the right time.  

So, whether you’re a youth worker, child minder, early years practitioner or a housing officer, this elearning briefing aims to give you the information on how to make a report to Tusla, how we do our work and guides you through what to expect when you make a report to Tusla.     

You will need to create an account using an email address to log in and complete the progamme.  Once you have created your account, launch 'National Approach to Practice - Signs of Safety'.              

Access to National Approach to Practice - Signs of Safety E-Learning Briefing Programme

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