Mandatory Reporting and Child Safeguarding Statements – New Requirements

Theresa Sweeney, National Coordinator, Early Years Child Protection Programme

From December 11, 2017 Early Years Services including staff, service owners, board of management and volunteers will have new legal obligations under Children First.

Please see resources below which contain information on the new requirements:

1)           Article on Children First Act Jan 10 2018 on Mandatory Reporting and Child Safeguarding Statements - New Requirements both English and Irish language versions. 

              Article on Children First Act Jan 12 2018

              Article on Children First Act Jan 12 2018 Irish language version

  2)            Children First National Guidance for the Protection & Welfare of Children.  The new Guidance includes information on the new legal requirements and contains important information for professionals working with children and organisations providing services to children.  Everyone working in an early years’ service should read and be familiar with the new guidance document.  This Guidance will operate from Dec 11, 2017. Any previous guidance should be disposed of from this date. A pdf version of the Children First National Guidance is below.

All services should have received copies of the updated Children First National Guidance, if you have not received a copy or would like additional copies,  please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 8733696.

                Children First National Guidance

3)            Questions and Answers – Early Years Services and the Children First Act, 2015. 

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

4)             5 Steps to Prepare for Mandatory Reporting.

                5 Steps to Prepare for Mandatory Reporting

A number of other useful documents can be found at www.tusla.ie  including an introductory e-learning course “Introduction to Children First” which includes information on mandatory reporting.

The video can be found here:  https://youtu.be/HjitN5EWQvo 

Please note this introductory course does not replace the Always Children First Foundation Level Training.  

The Early Years Child Protection Programme will run Briefing Sessions on the new Act in 2018 and we will contact you when full booking details are available.

Early years services will continue to be offered child protection training through the Childcare Committees, training materials will be updated and training delivery will resume in March 2018.

If you have any queries in relation to this training and requirements, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team on 01 8733696 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Monday 4th December, 2017

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs is delighted to announce that there will be an Early Years and a School Age Childcare Capital Programme in 2018.

The purpose of this announcement is to alert childcare services about the upcoming programme and give time to prepare to apply for the grants. 

Strands 
This year’s programme call will consist of 5 Strands. 
- Strand 1: Expansion of an existing facility or creation of a new facility (Early Years)
- Strand 2: Essential building maintenance (Early Years, community services only)
- Strand 3: Creation of new natural outdoor play area (Early Years)
- Strand 4: The expansion of an existing facility or creation of a new facility (School Age Childcare)
- Strand 5: Essential building maintenance & quality improvement (School Age Childcare, community services only)Services can apply for all strands for which they are eligible.

To view the full announcement see: https://www.dcya.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=4498


 

 

Children First Updates

24th November 17 

Mandated Reporting starts on December 11th 2017.  Tusla and National Children First Early Years Committee are working to update the materials and resources with the new requirements. 

5 Steps to Prepare for Mandatory Reporting 

In the meantime, please see below document 5 Steps to Prepare for Mandatory Reporting to prepare for new legal requirements for the Early Years sector:

5 Steps to Prepare for Mandatory Reporting

 

Children First Child Protection Training: The e-learning module is an introductory course on child protection and includes information on mandated reporting.

The video can be found here:  https://youtu.be/HjitN5EWQvo 

The E-learning course can be accessed through either of these links:

http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-e-learning-programme or http://childrenfirstuniversal.hseland.ie/

Please note this introductory course does not replace the Children First Foundation Level Training.  

The early years’ services will continue to be offered child protection training through the Childcare Committees - Children First will be updated and training delivery will resume in March, 2018.

If you have any queries in relation to this training and requirements, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team on 01 8733696 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.