Children First Training

HSE Children First National Office Training and Resource Strategy

The HSE Children First National Office is currently developing a Training and Resource Strategy for future training and resource developments to suit HSE and HSE funded services. The Strategy will set out the training and resource initiatives that the HSE Children First National Office will aim to develop and implement between 2021-2023.

Mandatory Training

'An Introduction to Children First'

The 'An Introduction to Children First' e-learning programme is mandatory for all HSE staff (permanent, temporary, agency, locum or visiting), students and volunteers, irrespective of role or grade.

This Children First e-learning programme 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

Please note: When you have successfully completed the module and passed the assessment you will receive a certificate of completion which you should forward to your line manager. Your certificate will be valid for three years. The module needs to be completed again after your certificate expires.

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. Read more information

Other Training

HSE Children First Training and Development Officers deliver a range of other relevant Children First/Child Safeguarding training directly to HSE staff*. A training prospectus is under development and will be available soon.

Training will be scheduled and advertised locally across the HSE Community Healthcare Organisation areas. Training will be advertised to Hospital and National Services staff based on their geographical location/schedule being delivered by the Training and Development Officers assigned to support their service. Contact your local HSE Children First Training and Development Officer if you have not seen advertisements for further training and would like to enquire about the schedule available.

*Due to limited capacity the HSE Children First National Office is not in a position to deliver training directly to staff of HSE funded or contracted services (except in exceptional cases). Where possible, however, all HSE Children First resources and training materials will be made available to HSE funded and contracted services. Contact your local HSE Children First Training and Development Officer to enquire about these resources. 

Training Resources

Reasonable Grounds for Concern

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

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HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy

This briefing gives an overview of what is contained in the policy. However, all staff must ensure that they familiarise themselves with the HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy in full as this briefing is not a substitute for reading the policy.

Guidance for HSE Child Safeguarding Statements and Risk Assessments

The HSE Children First National Office has developed a Guidance for HSE Child Safeguarding Statements and Risk Assessment Workbook for relevant services undertaking child safeguarding risk assessments and developing Child Safeguarding Statements: