Always Children First

Children First National Guidance 2017

Below are 3 support documents developed for the Early Years when Developing a Child Safeguarding Statement. 

Developing a Child Safeguarding Statement – A Guide for Early Years Services in Ireland Feb 2018

Child Safeguarding Statement Template for Early Years Feb 2018

Responding to and Reporting a Child Protection or Welfare Concern Draft Policy for Early Years Services Feb 2018


Below is a useful resource for Developing a Child Protection & Welfare Policy

Developing a Child Protection & Welfare Policy: A Resource for Early Years Settings

Ráiteas um Chumhdach Leanaí á Fhorbairt


Children First Act 2015 – Questions and Answers for Early Years Services


Below are some resources that may be useful for services:

  • 5 Steps to Prepare for Mandatory Reporting
  • E-Learning : Introduction to Children First.   Everyone in the sector including all owners, boards of management and early years staff are being asked to complete this online course which provides introductory information on child protection and mandated reporting.
  • Always Children First Child Protection Training: The e-learning module is an introductory course on child protection and includes information on mandated reporting.  In addition to this early years services will continue to be offered child protection training through the Childcare Committees – Always Children First will be updated and training delivery will start in March, 2018.