Information and Resources

This section includes information sheets, links to documentation referenced on the Children First website and other useful links. 

HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy

Information Sheets

Posters

Hidden Harm

Additional Resources

Legislation

Useful Links

 

 

HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy

HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy

 

 

Information Sheets

HSE Staff

• Roles and Responsibilities of HSE Staff under Children First and the HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy 

Children First Resource Pack for HSE Line Managers

• Information for Mandated Persons

• Roles and Responsibilities of Designated Officers (Under the Protections for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998)

HSE Procedure for Reporting Child Protection and Welfare Concerns 

• Children First Awareness Poster for Staff

HSE Funded Agencies

Information for HSE Funded Agencies on the Implementation of and Compliance with Children First

• Children First Implementation and Compliance Checklist for HSE Funded Agencies

Section 38 & Section 39 Non-Acute/Community Service Arrangement Children First Compliance Finalised Changes 2019

HSE Contracted Services / GPs

Roles and Responsibilities of HSE Contracted Services under Children First

Children First Implementation and Compliance Checklist for HSE Contracted Services

General Public

Information for Parents, Guardians and the General Public on the HSE’s responsibilities under Children First 

Children and Young People

Information Poster for Children - Being Safe and Asking for Help

• Póstaer Faisnéise do Leanaí - Bheith Sábháilte agus Ag Iarraidh Cabhair

Additional Information

Information Sheet about Reasonable Grounds for Concern (PDF, 535 KB, 1 page)

 

Posters

Children First Awareness Poster for Staff (PDF, 182 KB, 1 page)

Information Poster for Children - Being Safe and Asking for Help (PDF, 683 KB, 1 page)

Póstaer Faisnéise do Leanaí - Bheith Sábháilte agus Ag Iarraidh Cabhair (PDF, 697 KB, 1 page)

Supervision Poster (PDF, 418 KB, 1 page)

 

Hidden Harm

The experience of children living with, and affected by, parental problem alcohol and other drug use has become widely known as Hidden Harm. The term 'Hidden Harm' encapsulates the two key features of that experience:

  • those children are often not known to services;
  • and that they suffer harm in a number of ways as a result of compromised parenting which can impede the child’s social, physical and emotional development.

The key to the success of Hidden Harm work will be both the willingness and capacity of all services to work in a collaborative fashion.

Hidden Harm - Seeing through Hidden Harm to Brighter Futures:

In 2019, the HSE/Tulsa Practice Guide; 'Hidden Harm - Seeing through Hidden Harm to Brighter Futures' was published. This document is an educational resource to enhance knowledge and skills, in identifying and responding effectively to parental problem alcohol and other drug use in terms of its impact on children and to support the continuing professional development of health and social care practitioners:

 Hidden Harm Practice Guide Image(PDF, 2 MB, 94 pages)

Opening our Eyes to Hidden Harm:

The following leaflet ‘Opening our Eyes to Hidden Harm’ is specifically for empowering and guiding frontline workers in the area of parental problem alcohol and other drug use:

Opening your Eyes to Hidden Harm Image(PDF, 5 MB, 10 pages)

Hidden Harm eLearning Programme:

A 45 minute e-Learning programme has been produced and is available on www.hseland.ie; 'Hidden Harm: Recognising and responding to the impact of parental alcohol and other drug use on children'.

This programme is relevant to all staff working with parents, children, young people or families who may be affected by problem alcohol and other drug use. This includes HSE, Tusla, and community/voluntary sectors.

The programme seeks to support them in understanding and responding to the often ‘Hidden Harm’ of children living in these families:

Hidden Harm eLearning Image

 

Additional Resources

Children First Act 2015

Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017 (PDF, 3.8 MB, 72 pages)  

Addendum to Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children - Online Safety (PDF 487 KB, 3 pages)

Tús Áite do Leanaí: Treoir Náisiúnta do Chosaint agus Leas Leanaí 2017 (PDF, 2.1 MB, 80 pages)

Aguisín do Thús Áite do Leanaí: Treoir Náisiúnta - Sábháilteacht ar Líne (PDF, 480 KB, 3 pages)

Guidance for HSE Child Safeguarding Statements and Risk Assessment Work Book (PDF, 2.4 MB, 53 pages) (editable version)

Child Safeguarding Statement Template (PDF editable, 2.6 MB, 1 page) (English version)

Child Safeguarding Statement Template (PDF editable, 767 KB, 1 page) (Irish version)

Tusla's Children First Publications and Forms

Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook (HSE, 2011) (PDF, 729 KB, 200 pages)

Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook 2 (Tusla, 2018) (PDF, 1,249 KB, 184 pages)

A Stone Unturned: A Guide for Families of Children who have experienced Sexual Abuse (PDF, 1,721 KB, 32 pages)

 

Legislation

Child and Family Agency Act 2013

Children and Family Relationships Act 2015

Children Act 1997 and 2001

Children (Amendment) Act 2015

Child Care Act 1991 and Child Care (Amendment) Acts 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2015

Children First Act 2015 (PDF, 490 KB, 28 pages)

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences)(Amendment) Act 2007

Criminal Justice Act 2006 (Reckless endangerment)

Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information) Act 2012

Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012

Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003

Domestic Violence Act 1996 and Domestic Violence (Amendment) Act 2002

Education Act 1998

Equal Status Acts 2000 and 2012

Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 1997, 2003, 2014

Health Act 2004

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012

Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997

Ombudsman for Children Act 2002

Protected Disclosures Act 2014

Protection of Children (Hague Convention) Act 2000

Protections for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998

 

Useful Links

Department of Health

The Department of Health

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Logo

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

tusla logo 

Tusla - Child and Family Agency

An Garda Siochana  

An Garda Síochána

The National Counselling Service

The National Counselling Service

HSeLanD Logo

HSeLanD