HSE Children First

Children First promotes the protection and welfare of children and outlines how to help to protect them from harm or abuse. It details what you must do if you have a concern that a child has been, is being, or is at risk of being abused or neglected. Children First applies to everyone, including adult services, HSE funded services and HSE contracted services.

The safety and welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. 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. These responsibilities are especially relevant for health and social care professionals, even if you work in an adult based service.

HSE staff should promote the welfare of all children, and where you have a concern in relation to the safety, welfare or protection of a child, you must report this to the appropriate statutory agencies; Tusla - Child and Family Agency and/or An Garda Síochána.

This website is maintained by the HSE Children First National Office as a Children First resource. Resources on this website are intended as a guide and do not take the place of legal or other advice.

Select the option below that best describes you or visit the Children First training section:

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