Child Protection Training

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There is no certainty that children in Ireland are safe 24 hours a day. No childhood should be shattered by abuse but it is still a concern very prevalent in our society. Acknowledging that it is not possible to guarantee that no child will be harmed by neglect or aggression or exploited by others, it is our duty to do everything in our abilities to protect them from such harm.

This process can begin by trying to ensure a child is safe in all aspects of their lives. This includes where they live, where they visit, where they learn and where they play. This Child Protection training will clearly outline how child protection must be put at the core of any organisation working with children and young people.
This Child Protection training will provide participants with a broad understanding of child protection issues from understanding the nature of abuse to development of appropriate recording and reporting procedures and policies. It will include the National Children First Guidelines as well as exploring the broader picture of child protection. The combination of the Children First: National Guidance 2011, as the comprehensive reference document, and a practical handbook to key actions for front-line practitioners will deliver a sound footing for national consistency in our approach to child protection.

Certification: Social Care Training Ireland Certificate in Child Protection Training (valid for 2 years)

For more information on our training courses call Mary Hutton on 0818 220 261 or email


  • Legal Framework
    • National Guidelines for the Protection of Children
    • 'Children First’
    • Childcare Act 1991
    • Trust in Care
    • Protection for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998
    • Childcare Amendment Act 2015
    • Mandated Persons
  • Responsibilities of Carers, Teachers, Medical Professionals & Employees
    • Designated Liaison Person
    • How to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse
    • Responding to disclosures from children
    • Reporting concerns to TUSLA
    • Keeping track of records
  • Reporting Concerns and the role of Child & Family Agency (Tusla)

    • Action to be taken by staff
    • Actions to be taken by mandated persons

    • Action to be taken by Designated Liaison Person

    • Role of Tusla
  • Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse by Employees
    • Reporting procedure
    • Action to be taken
    • Further follow-up
    • Feedback from Tusla
    • Peer Abuse and Bullying

On completion of the programme, participants should be able to:

  • Appraise the relevant legislation, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2011) and the Children First Act (2015), in the context of promoting and protecting the welfare of children
  • Critically analyse the influence of attitudes and values in responding to child protection issues
  • Differentiate the categories of abuse and recognise the signs and symptoms of each category
  • Clarify policies and procedures to be followed if there is a concern/disclosure of abuse
  • Respond to a concern/disclosure of child abuse in accordance with policies and procedures
  • Recognise the value and importance of working with children, parents, carers, community and organisations
  • Discuss the procedure to be followed when responding to allegations of abuse against a staff member
  • Identify the support mechanisms available within any organisation working with children.
  • Be confident with regard to making a referral

Contact & Location

10am to 04pm. 22nd January 2019. The Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore,
Offaly (0)


This is a one day (6 hour) course


SCTI Certificate of Attendance