Resources: Children First

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

RA8

HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy

Information Sheets Additional Resources Legislation

Useful Links   


HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy

HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy (2016)

Please note: The HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy is currently under review and is being updated to reflect the revised Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), the recently commenced sections of the Children First Act 2015 and the information that is contained within the updated information sheets and in Frequently Asked Questions section available on this website. 


Information sheets

HSE Staff

• Children First in the HSE

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

• Information for Mandated Persons

• Printable Leaflet for Mandated Persons

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

Roles and Responsibilities of a Designated Liaison Person (DLP) in the HSE 

Roles and Responsibilities of HSE Line Managers under the HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy when dealing with Child Protection or Welfare Concerns 

HSE Procedure for Reporting Child Protection and Welfare Concerns 

Information on how to report a Child Protection or Welfare Concern for HSE Staff working in Multi Agency Teams in the HSE Divisions and in HSE Funded Agencies

• Children First Awareness Poster for Staff


HSE Funded Agencies

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

Information on how to report a Child Protection and Welfare Concern staff working in HSE Funded Agencies

• Children First Implementation and Compliance Checklist for HSE Funded Agencies (2018)

Section 38 & Section 39 Non-Acute/Community Service Arrangement Information Events – Children First Compliance Presentation (Oct/Nov 2018)

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


HSE Contracted Services

Roles and Responsibilities of HSE Contracted Services under Children First

Information on how to report a Child Protection or Welfare Concern for staff in HSE Contracted Services

Children First Implementation and Compliance Checklist for HSE Contracted Services (2018)


General Practitioners

Roles and Responsibilities of General Practitioners under Children First

Information on how to report a Child Protection or Welfare Concern for GPs

• Roles and Responsibilities of HSE Contracted Services under Children First

Children First Implementation and Compliance Checklist for HSE Contracted Services (2018)


Parents and Guardians

Information for Parents/Guardians on the HSE’s responsibilities under Children First 

Information about how to report a child protection or welfare concern


General Public

Information for the public on the HSE’s responsibilities under Children First 

Information about how to report a child protection or welfare concern


Children and Young People

Information for Children on being safe and asking for help


Children First Training

An Introduction to Children First E-Learning Programme

Guide to Registering on HSeLanD - Printable Leaflet


Additional Information

Information about Reasonable Grounds for Concern

Meitheal – a Child and Family Agency led National Practice Model for All Agencies Working with Children, Young People and their Families

Additional Resources

Children First Act 2015

Tús Áite do Leanaí 2017

Children First National Guidance 2017   

HSE (Corporate) Child Safeguarding Statement

FnaSS (Corporáideach) Ráiteas um chumhdach leanaí

Printable Leaflet for Mandated Persons

Children First Awareness Poster for Staff

Tusla's Children First Publications and Forms               

Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook (HSE, 2011)

Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook 2 (Tusla, 2018)

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

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

Protection of Persons Reporting Abuse Act 1998

Useful Links

Department of Health

The Department of Health

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs

tusla

The Child and Family Agency

An Garda Siochana An Garda Síochána
The National Counselling Service The National Counselling Service