Updated Child Safeguarding Statement Template and Information Sheet

The National Child Safeguarding Programme; Early Learning and Care

Updated Child Safeguarding Statement Template and Information Sheet

The National Child Safeguarding Programme; Early Learning and Care is the only Tusla approved, Early Learning and Care sector specific Child Safeguarding training programme. 

We are delighted to share the updated Child Safeguarding Statement Template and accompanying Information Sheet for Early Learning and Care services.  This resource has been developed in conjunction with the Tusla Child Safeguarding Statement Compliance Unit and will help services to develop a strong, robust Child Safeguarding Statement that is individual and unique to their service.  The template and accompanying information sheet attached outlines the exact steps that services are required to follow to develop their Child Safeguarding Statement.

A Child Safeguarding Statement is a written statement that specifies the service being provided and the principles and procedures to be observed in order to ensure, as far as practicable, that a child availing of the service is safe from harm.  Upon completion, the Child Safeguarding Statement must be shared with all staff members, displayed in a prominent place in the service and made available to parents and guardians, Tusla and members of the public upon request.

Further information can be found here https://www.tusla.ie/children-first/organisations/what-is-a-child-safeguarding-statement/

Click on the documents below to view the updated Child Safeguarding Statement and Information Sheet:

 Child Safeguarding Statement ELC TEMPLATE

Child Safeguarding Statement ELC Information Sheet

Reminder: Always Children First Child Protection Training currently on hold

Due to current Public Health advice, the Early Years specific Always Children First Foundation Level training is on hold.  We understand that there are many Early Learning and Care services that require training as certs are out of date, however in order to keep staff, children, families and communities safe, the National Child Safeguarding Programme; Early Learning and Care in consultation with Tusla have taken this decision. 

*All staff, whether currently working or returning to work, are asked to complete the Tusla ELearning Programme

The programme can be accessed here: Children First ELearning Programme

As with the Foundation level training, it is suggested that Practitioners complete the Tusla ELearning Programme every three years.

 Children First Child Protection Revision Webinar

In addition to this, the National Child Safeguarding Programme; Early Learning and Care have put together a 30 minute, online, revision presentation for Early Learning and Care Practitioners. The session was developed to highlight the key elements of the Children First 6 hour training. This programme should be preceded by completing the Tusla ELearning Programme.

Children First Revision webinar can be accessed here: Children First Child Protection Revision Webinar

If you have any queries in relation to developing your Child Safeguarding Statements or Child Protection training, please do contact us by emailing info@dccc.ie or calling 01 8733696.

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