Child Protection Training for Early Years Settings – 2019

We are delighted to advise you that the new revised Child Protection programme will be rolled during 2019.  Our next training session will be on 15th June from 9.30am – 4.30pm.  This training is open to anyone working in a childcare service in Laois.  To book a place on this training please download the booking form (below) and send it back to Sinead (via post or email) s.brophy@laoischildcare.ie    – June Booking form (Child Protection Training)

Please be advised that a prerequisite of attending this training is that participants have completed the *Tusla E Learning Children First Programme (see note below).

If any staff in Early Years Services in Laois are interested in a place on this training, please:

  1. complete the booking form as they are sent to services
  2. and send a copy of the certificate(s) of e-learning (you should have received this via email upon completion of the e learning) at your earliest convenience to Sinead at s.brophy@laoischildcare.ie

and only then will places be confirmed.

As there is a demand for this training, places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Places are limited and priority will also be given to services who have not yet completed any Children First Training.

PLEASE NOTE: Your place will NOT be confirmed, and you will NOT be able to take part in this training unless the e-learning has been complete.

*The Tusla E Learning Children First Programme

This is an online training session which takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete.  If you have not already completed the online training please copy this link into your browser and scroll down to the blue box where it states “access the training”  http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-e-learning-programme.  You will be required to enter an email address and password.  At the end of the session the certificate will be emailed to the email address that you used to access the training. 

REMINDER for Early Years Service Providers:

If you are a pre-school or a school-age service who employs one or more persons you are legally required to have a Child Safeguarding Statement. Services must have their *Child Safeguarding Statement completed and displayed in their service.

*A Child Safeguarding Statement is a written statement that specifies the service being provided and the principles and procedures to be observed in order to ensure, as far as practicable, that a child availing of the service is safe from harm.   It includes a risk assessment, measures to manage any risks and a number of mandatory safeguarding policies and procedures.  Early years services (including preschools and school age services) who employ at least one other person will have a legal obligation to publish a Child Safeguarding Statement. Services will have 3 months from December 11, 2017 to comply.

Please find below resources which have been developed for early years services on developing a Child Safeguarding Statement

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NEW JUNE 2019: Tusla_Child_Protection_Handbook2

Mandatory Reporting and Child Safeguarding Statements – New Requirements

There are new legal obligations for early years service providers in the area of child protection and welfare.  This article looks at what they are and what they mean for early years services.

Mandatory reporting of child abuse concerns and the requirement to publish a Child Safeguarding Statement are about to become law.  From December 11, 2017, when the Children First Act 2015 is fully commenced, there will be new legal requirements in the area of child protection for professionals and services with a key role in the lives of children and families.  Early Years services and the people who work in them will have new legal obligations under the act.

Mandated Persons

Mandated persons are people who have contact with children and families and who, because of their qualifications, training and/or employment role, are in a key position to help protect children from harm.  All persons carrying on or running a registered pre-school service and all who are employed in them as childcare staff are Mandated Persons.   Mandated Persons will have a legal obligation to report child protection concerns over a certain threshold to Tusla.

You are a mandated person if you are:

-A person carrying on a pre-school service within the meaning of Part VIIA of the Child Care Act 1991.

– A childcare staff member employed in a pre-school service within the meaning of Part VIIA of the Child Care Act 1991

New Children First National Guidance

Children First National Guidance for the Protection & Welfare of Children has been updated to include these new provisions and contains important information for professionals working with children and organisations providing services to children.  Everyone working in an early years service should read and be familiar with the new Guidance document.  All early years services will be provided with a copy over the coming weeks.

The Children First Guidance, the e-learning course and a number of other useful resources can be found at www.tusla.ie

These new requirements are a further, welcome step towards keeping children safe from harm by ensuring that all child protection concerns are passed to Tusla and that organisations providing services to children have taken all the measures necessary to protect the children in their care.

Commencement of Remaining Provisions of the Children First Act 2015

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:

  • Introduce mandatory reporting of child abuse
  • Place a legal obligation on organisations providing services to children to prepare and publish a Child Safeguarding Statement.

Early Years Services and the Children First Act, 2015

  • All persons carrying on or running a registered early years service and all who are employed in them as childcare staff are Mandated Persons under the Act and will acquire new legal obligations on Dec 11th, 2017.
  • Registered early years services who employ at least one other person will have a legal obligation to publish a Child Safeguarding Statement. Services will have 3 months from that date to comply with their obligations in relation to publishing a Child Safeguarding Statement.

Revised Children First Guidance

  • The revised Children First Guidance has been published and it includes the provisions of the Children First Act, 2015 it will come into operation on December 11th, 2017.
  • Early years services will be provided with a copy of the new guidance over the coming months.   The Guidance can be downloaded from www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-2017/

 

Laois County Childcare Safeguarding Statement is available to download here: LCCC Child Safeguarding Statement.docx

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