Children First Training


Children First training is mandatory for all HSE staff (permanent, temporary, agency, locum or visiting), students and volunteers, irrespective of role or grade.

The Children First e-learning module is is also mandatory for staff of HSE Funded Agencies.

Staff of HSE Contracted Services are also strongly urged to complete this training.

Click on the appropriate link to access the online Children First training:

HSE Staff
HSE Funded Agencies
HSE Contracted Services

Staff with Computer / Internet Access, Computer Literacy or General Literacy Difficulties

The E-learning programme should, in the majority of cases, be completed online. However, in recognition that a small number of staff have access issues to completing the programme online the HSE Children First National Office has converted the E-Learning programme so that it can be facilitated in a classroom setting. Click here for more information. 

UPDATE: The Children First e-Learning module was updated on 11th December 2017 to reflect changes in legislation.

Staff that completed the e-learning module prior to the update do not have to complete the module again until their current certificate expires.

These staff are advised however to make themselves familiar with the content of the Information Sheet for Mandated Persons and the HSE Procedure for Reporting Child Protection and Welfare Concerns as they have been updated to reflect the content that was added to the revised e-learning module. 

The following module provides further guidance on what constitutes Reasonable Grounds for Concern  (6 minutes):

Reasonable Grounds for Concern Training Image