The HSE Children First National Office aims to support the HSE, and its funded and contracted services to safeguard children through effective implementation of the Children First Act 2015 and the Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017. By developing and delivering effective and innovative resources and partnerships, the HSE Children First National Office will enhance organisational and individual skills, behaviours and effectiveness to support the protection and welfare of children and young people. The Office has a key functional role, at national and at a local level, in supporting compliance with the Act and developing and delivering training and other resources in relation to Children First.
There are HSE Children First Training and Development Officers based across the country. They have key links within the Community Healthcare Organisations and Hospital Groups, to support the consistent implementation and compliance with Children First across the HSE. The Training and Development Officers have a background in child protection practice and are a useful resource to assist with the implementation of Children First, via the delivery of training, briefings and other practical advice for staff and services throughout the HSE and its funded agencies.
Contact details for your local Training and Development Officer and the HSE Children First National Office can be found here.