Children First Implementation and Compliance Self-Audit Checklist
The Self-Audit Checklist is designed to support HSE Services to provide assurance that their Children First obligations are being met.
The checklist is a self-audit tool and should be completed by the Responsible Manager in the service who is responsible for compliance with Children First. HSE Services fall into two categories:
- ‘Relevant Service’ as defined in Schedule 1 of the Children First Act (2015) (see Appendix 1 below for full Schedule). This includes services where having access to, or contact with, children and young people is a necessary and regular part of the work and some adult services that may on occasion accept children for treatment. ‘Relevant Services’ must complete the full checklist.
- Services that are not ‘Relevant Services’ – these are services that do not have direct or regular contact with children and families (excluding some services that may on occasion accept children for treatment), but that nonetheless have obligations regarding compliance with Children First legislation and guidance. They may for example include adult services. Services that are not ‘Relevant Services’ are required to complete the shaded rows in the checklist only, though are advised to complete the additional rows, as best practice.
HSE Internal Audit may ask for evidence to support the assurance of Children First implementation and compliance within the service. This may include requesting a copy of your service’s completed Self-Audit Checklist, the service’s Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment and Statement, procedure for and evidence of maintaining a list of all Mandated Persons in the Service, and/or detail regarding staff briefings or trainings in relation to Children First.
You can access a copy of the HSE Services Children First Implementation and Compliance Self-Audit Checklist here.
HSE Funded and Contracted Services
The Children First Implementation and Compliance Self-Audit Checklist for HSE Funded and Contracted Services can be accessed here.