It is HSE policy that all staff irrespective of role, grade or position must promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. It is not okay to do nothing if you have any information that a child has been, is being or is at risk of being abused or neglected.
Children First applies to everyone. The HSE is the largest employer in the State and all HSE staff, staff in HSE funded services and HSE contractors have responsibilities under Children First to keep children safe and to promote their welfare. These responsibilities are especially relevant for health and social care professionals, even if you work in an adult based service.
Children First what does it mean for me?. pdf (size 288.5 KB)
Children First Who are mandated persons? .pdf (size 215 KB)
How to register on hseland.ie.pdf (size 901.8 KB)