Education and training has been identified as one of the key components of work to achieve the vision of Connecting for Life. The National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) is the national coordinator for suicide prevention and self-harm awareness training across Ireland. The office supports the delivery of a suite of evidence-informed training programmes in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.
The Education and Training Plan 2021-2022 (version 3) will provide the NOSP with an overarching framework to support the coordination, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation of education and training actions identified in Connecting for Life. This work will build the capacity of government departments, funded agencies, the HSE, community organisations, groups and individuals to identify and respond appropriately to people at risk of suicide and self-harm.
Objective 3 of the Education and Training Plan identified the need to “ensure a consistent and standardised approach to the provision of education and training through the development of a National Quality Assurance Framework (QAF)”. The resulting National Education and Training Plan Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) is a live document that will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis to reflect new developments and good practice in suicide prevention training.
National Education and Training Plan 2021-2022, Version 3
National Education and Training Plan 2019 - 2020, Version 2