Children First relates to the recognition of child abuse and neglect, the reporting of same to Tusla -Child and Family Agency, and the best practice which organisations should adhere to, to keep children safe while availing of their services. Non statutory obligations for all persons coming into contact with children are set out in the Children First Guidance. The Children First Act 2015 sets out additional statutory obligations for defined categories of persons and for organisations providing relevant services to children
CHILDREN FIRST CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING PROGRAMME
Tusla Children First E-learning Programme Tusla has worked with the DCYA and HSE to develop a universal e-learning training programme called ‘Introduction to Children First’. The programme is based on Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and the Children First Act 2015. The programme takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete but it can be done in a number of sittings. To adhere to best practice in relation to Child Protection & Welfare, all Childminders should complete the E-learning programme. The E-learning programme can be found on the Tusla website, to access it, please click here.
Always Children First Training – Foundation Level
Always Children First training aims to create an awareness of Child Protection and Welfare issues in the Early Years sector. The aim of the training is to help Childminders understand how to safeguard children and report Child Protection and Welfare concerns. This training may be accessed through your local City/County Childcare Committee. A prerequisite of attending this training is that Childminders have completed the Tusla Children First E-Learning Programme.