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