There are a number of new resources to assist early years services in implementing best practice in the area of safeguarding children and they can be accessed on the links below. If you require further support contact our National Early Years Child Protection & Welfare Always Children First Tutor Irene Cafferky on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0949622523 or to book a place on our children first training click on the link below to download a booking form.https://www.roscommonchildcare.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/1-RCCC-CP-Basic-Booking-form-.doc
Children First Act 2015 – full commencement on Dec 11th, 2017. This includes mandated reporting and the need for a Safeguarding Statement. Early years services will have until March 11th, 2018 to develop their Safeguarding Statement
Please refer to Child Protection and Welfare section of the Tusla Website for further information and resources .https://www.tusla.ie/children-first/
Since January 2014, a standardised national child protection training course is available to those working in the Early Years sector. The first level of training available is Child Protection & Welfare: Basic/Foundation Level and it is delivered by the Childcare Committees. Within Roscommon County Childcare Committee, Irene Cafferky is responsible for delivering this training in County Roscommon.
The one-day accredited training course looks at what constitutes child abuse, roles and responsibilities in reporting child protection and welfare concerns, child protection policy and safe work practices. Many of the participants in the pilot programme reported increased knowledge, skills and confidence in responding to child protection and welfare concerns after attending the course.
Roscommon County Childcare Committee runs several Child Protection and Welfare Training courses each year. These courses are advertised through our Training Calendar and by direct email to Early Years (Childcare) Services.
The eligibility criteria is set by Tusla and the National Early Years Children First Committee. The training is only available to staff in Early Years services and to childminders.https://www.roscommonchildcare.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/1-RCCC-CP-Basic-Booking-form-.doc
Tusla has worked with the DCYA and HSE to developed a universal e-learning training programme called ‘Introduction to Children First’. The programme has been written to support people of all backgrounds and experience in recognising concerns about children and reporting such concerns if they arise.https://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-e-learning-programme/