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 courses on Eventbrite.
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.
Roscommon County Childcare Committee is rolling out the updated module of the Always Children First Foundation Module to Early Years Providers and in particular, to Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) and Deputy Designated Liaison Persons (DDLP). The full Enactment of the Children First Act (2015) has resulted in significant changes for those employed in the Early Years Sector. With a legal responsibility for organisations to have a Child Safeguarding Statement in place and the identification of those employed in Early Years Services as Mandated Persons, the Always Children First Foundation Module has been updated to reflect these and other important changes. Our trainer from Roscommon County Childcare Committee Irene Cafferky has completed her training in the updated module and is now ready to deliver this to Early Years Providers and in particular, to Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) and Deputy Designated Liaison Persons (DDLP). A prerequisite of attending this training is that participants have completed the Tusla E Learning Children First Programme and Roscommon CCC will ask that participants send a copy of their cert to us prior to attending the training. Those working in your services should complete this E Learning programme at https://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-e-learning-programme/
Book your place on: Always Children First Child Welfare and Protection training- Foundation level specifically designed for the early years sector which is certified and certification lasts for 3 years. Aim: To create an awareness of child protection and welfare issues and for participants to understand how to safeguard children and report child protection and welfare concerns.
Participants are asked to send a copy of their Tusla Children First E-Learning Certificate prior to attending the Always Children First Foundation Training to the following email address email@example.com. Participants cannot attend if we have not received this from you as this is a Tusla requirement and Roscommon CCC are required to keep a soft copy on file for each participant.