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"Concern, Contact, Consult" Child Protection Poster launched

Child Protection is a topic central to all childcare services. Clear, concise Information and knowledge are crucial to creating an environment where childcare providers feel confident in acting on child protection concerns. With this in mind, Galway City & County Childcare Committee has launched the "Concern, Contact, Consult" child protection poster. This poster, a collaboration between HSE and the Childcare Committee, highlights the 3Cs "Concern, Contact and Consult" and is a simple, step by step guide for childcare providers to deal effectively with child protection issues.

Following on from the ongoing Keeping Safe Child Protection training being carried out by HSE and Galway City & County Childcare Committee, the poster contains spaces in which the names and contact details of designated persons may be written along with another section for the details of the local HSE Duty Social Workers and Gardaí. The "Concern, Contact and Consult" poster includes tick boxes for each service to confirm that they have a child protection policy, Garda Vetting for staff and codes of behaviour in place. All childcare services in Galway will receive a poster to be displayed in their service. The poster will serve as a step-by-step guide for staff and will also make parents aware of the service's child protection policies and procedures.

After launching the poster, Bríd Burke, HSE Children First Information and Advice Officer, stated that "this poster is further encouragement to services to have a designated person for child protection and gives them clear information on what to do when a child protection concern arises."

The "Concern, Contact and Consult" poster is available to be used by any service or organisation working with children and can be downloaded here.

Contact Galway City & County Childcare Committee at 091 752039 or email mail@galwaychildcare.com for further information.

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