On 2nd October 2017 Minister Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, announced that the remaining provisions of the Children First Act, 2015 will commence on 11th December 2017.
The Act will impose statutory obligations on key professionals to report child protection concerns over a certain threshold to Tusla and on providers of relevant services to children to carry out a comprehensive risk assessment of their services and develop a Child Safeguarding Statement.
The Act includes provisions to:
December 11th, 2017 – Mandated Persons acquire new legal obligations to report child abuse- Relevant services are required to have a Child Safeguarding Statement
December 11th, 2017 – Revised Children First Guide & other support documentation comes into operation.
March 11th, 2018 – Existing relevant services have until this date to publish their Child Safeguarding Statement.
The Early Years Child Protection programme was established to support the implementation of Children First in the early years sector through delivery of a national child protection training plan and child protection policy supports. The Programme is currently updating its materials and developing support documentation. Regional information sessions will be held in partnership with Tusla on the new legal obligations and will be open to all early years services.
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