HSE Contracted Services / GPs

Children First is a national policy document which promotes the safety and well-being of all children. ’Children First’ is intended to assist people in identifying and reporting child protection and welfare concerns and outlines how to deal effectively with concerns. It highlights the role and responsibilities of everyone in protecting children and promoting their welfare.

Under Children First all organisations who are involved with children have an obligation to provide them with the highest possible standard of care in order to promote their well-being and safeguard them from abuse.

Information for HSE Contracted Services

It is the policy of the HSE that contracted services who provide services to children or that have regular access to children are aware of and comply with their Responsibilities under Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017). 

You can find out about Mandated Persons and their legal obligations in this section.

Checklist for HSE Contracted Services
Children First Implementation and Compliance Self-Assessment Checklist for HSE Contracted Services.