Training on New Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children
Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has launched Children First 2011 – National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children.
Children First is National Guidance that promotes the protection of children from abuse and neglect. It states what organisations need to do to keep children safe, and what different bodies, and the general public should do if they are concerned about a child’s safety and welfare. The Guidance sets out specific protocols for HSE social workers, Gardaí and other front line staff in dealing with suspected abuse and neglect.
Minister Fitzgerald acknowledged and commended all those who work so hard to make sure that every child they interact with is cared for, cherished, supported and protected. She said “These are the practitioners in the professional and voluntary sectors, medical professionals, Gardai, youth workers, teachers, and coaches all over Ireland who already passionately employ best practice in child protection. These people already implement Children First in full, understand their duties and do not need legislation to keep children safe.”
All services are expected to to avail of Training on the new Guidance
Further briefings will be provided by Galway City & County Childcare Committee in conjunction with the HSE Children First Information and Advice Officer in 2012, so that those who were unable to attend the briefings in November 2011 will be able to do so :
Childcare Providers: Training venue, date & time to be announced in the new year.
Click here for more information about the National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children.