HSE Children First Awareness Campaign

25 September to 1 October 2023

This webpage has been created to support the national ‘Children First Public Awareness Week’ taking place in September 2023.

Information and resource have been provided here to help support services to initiate Children First Awareness Campaigns during this week.

Please downloaded these posters for display in offices and staff rooms and support this campaign by promoting Children First and raising awareness of key messages and all staff responsibilities.

The objectives of this campaign are to:

  • Communicate the requirement for all organisations working with children and young people to develop policies and procedures to create a safe environment for children availing of a service. These organisations are known as ‘Relevant Services’ under the Children First Act 2015
  • Communicate the requirement for organisations working with children and young people to keep children safe from harm and to undertake Child Safeguarding Risk Assessments and develop and display Child Safeguarding Statements.
  • Communicate with Mandated Persons about their legal obligations under Children First.

 

Child safeguarding is everyone's responsibility

 

Children First promotes the protection of children from abuse and neglect, by setting out what persons and organisations need to do to keep children safe, and how to deal with concerns about a child’s safety or welfare.

HSE staff should promote the welfare of all children, and where you have a concern in relation to the safety, welfare or protection of a child, you must report this to Tusla - Child and Family Agency.

Children First applies to everyone, including staff working in adult services, HSE funded services and HSE contracted services.

Children First Awareness Campaign Resources:

The following posters can be downloaded for display in offices and staff rooms to promote Children First and raise awareness of key messages and all staff responsibilities under Children First:

Children First. Child Safeguarding in the HSE. All HSE staff have a responsibility to report concerns about the safety and welfare of children to Tusla - Child and Family Agency. Are you familiar with your responsibilities? Would you know how to recognise abuse and neglect? To help safeguard children: Read the HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy. Complete the mandatory eLearning programme 'An Introduction to Children First' every 3 years. For more information go online and visit www.hse.ie/childrenfirst . Image of a young boy holding a young girl who is sitting on his lap (PDF, 1.53 MB, 1 page)

 

Children First. All HSE staff have a responsibility to report reasonable grounds for concern about the protection or welfare of a child to Tusla - Child and Family Agency. Mandated Persons have a legal obligation to report to Tusla, harm or the risk of harm to a child. Image of a young boy holding a young girl who is sitting on his lap. To help safeguard children: Read and follow the HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy. Complete the mandatory eLearning programme 'An Introduction to Children First' every 3 years. Services undertake a Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment and Develop a Child Safeguarding Statement. Child Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. For more information go online and visit www.hse.ie/childrenfirst  width= (PDF, 319 KB, 1 page)

 

Relevant Services. Child safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. Image of Male Teenager. Children First. Services working with children and young people are Relevant Services. They are legally obliged, under the Children First Act 2015, to: Keep children safe from harm. Undertake a child safeguarding risk assessment.  Develop a Child Safeguarding Statement. For more information go online and visit www.hse.ie/childrenfirst (PDF, 253 KB, 1 page)  Child safeguarding in adult services. Child safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. Image of a mother with a baby in her arms. Children First. Staff working with adults have an important role to play in safeguarding children. All HSE staff have a responsibility to report reasonable grounds for concern about the protection or welfare of a child to Tusla - Child and Family Agency. For more information go online and visit www.hse.ie/childrenfirst (PDF, 465 KB, 1 page)

 

Reporting concerns. Child safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. Recognise, Respond, Report,  Record. Image of a boy in a wheelchair at a desk. Children First. All HSE staff have a responsibility to report reasonable grounds for concern about the protection or welfare of a child to Tusla - Child and Family Agency. Never assume that someone else will report. For more information go online and visit www.hse.ie/childrenfirst (PDF, 529 KB, 1 page)  Mandated Persons. Child safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. An image of a girl sitting on a couch with her bent knees and her head resting on her knees. Children First. Mandated Persons have a legal obligation to report the harm of children to Tusla - Child and Family Agency. Check Schedule 2 of the Children First Act 2015 to find out if you are a Mandated Person. For more information go online and visit www.hse.ie/childrenfirst.  (PDF, 1.78 MB, 1 page)

 

Mandatory Training. Child safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. Image of a girl sitting at a desk with an adult. Children First. All HSE staff must complete 'An Introduction to Children First' eLearning on HSeLanD every three years. You should give your certificate of completion to your line manager to retain on file. For more information go online and visit www.hse.ie/childrenfirst (PDF, 550 KB, 1 page)  Child Protection and Welfare Policy. Child safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. Image of young child on a hospital bed. Children First. All HSE staff are required to read and follow the HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy. You must understand your responsibilities in order to safeguard children. For more information go online and visit www.hse.ie/childrenfirst (PDF, 876 KB, 1 page)

 

The HSE has additional information and resources available. Please use the navigation menu to access the content of the HSE Children First website.