Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS CHILD PROTECTION & WELFARE TRAINING: BASIC LEVEL?

This is a one-day Child & Family Agency accredited course and it will be rolled out from Jan 2014. It is for everyone working in the early years sector including staff and boards of management in early years services and childminders.

WHO WILL DELIVER THE TRAINING?

The new module has been designed for the sector and will be delivered by Trainers based in:

  • City/County Childcare Committees
  • Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta
  • Comhar Naíonraí na Gaeltachta

A Training for Trainers programme has been developed and has been delivered in partnership with Barnardos, Early Childhood Ireland & the Child & Family Agency.

WHY IS THERE A NEED FOR A NEW TRAINING PROGRAMME?

Children First Guidance 2011 recognises the important role of training in recognising and responding to child abuse and welfare concerns. The Guidance notes that all services involved with children have a responsibility to provide training in this area on an on-going basis, it is envisaged that the forthcoming Children First Legislation will place this on a statutory footing.  Until now there has not be a uniform module available for the sector and availability of training has very much depended on area, with some areas very well served and others having limited access to child protection training. The new programme provides a quality assured child protection training module tailored to the practice needs of the sector and available to everyone at little or no cost.

 WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE BASIC LEVEL TRAINING?

Child Protection & Welfare – Basic Level Training is aimed at everyone working in the early years sector.

This includes:

  • Voluntary/statutory notified childminders
  • Designated Liaison Persons
  • Practitioners in Early Years Services
  • Boards of management
  • Childminders (not in the above categories)
  • Staff and management in afterschool Services.

In some areas there has been limited access to child protection training and there may be a need to prioritise places over the 3 year roll out of the programme.

HOW MANY PLACES WILL A SERVICE BE OFFERED ON THE BASIC LEVEL TRAINING?

At the moment services are being offered 2-3 places on the course depending on local demand. Our aim in the first year is to offer the training to as many services as possible. All services will be offered places on the training programme over the next 3 years.

Designated Liaison Persons who have not attended ‘Keeping Safe’ training and services where no-one has received Keeping Safe’ training may be given priority where demand is greater than places available.

Designated Liaison Persons who have attended ‘Keeping Safe’ training are welcome to attend the new training module.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I ATTENDED ‘KEEPING SAFE’ CHILD PROTECTION & WELFARE TRAINING?

‘Keeping Safe’ training was the child protection and welfare training that was delivered by HSE/Child & Family Agency Children First Information & Advice Officers and some other accredited trainers, all participants received a certificate.

If you are unsure about what type of training you have had in the past contact the Trainer in your local Childcare Committee, Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta Comhar Naíonraí na Gaeltachta.

CAN CHILDCARE STUDENTS ATTEND THE BASIC LEVEL COURSE?

This course is aimed at early years practitioners who are currently working in a service or with children and will not be offered to childcare students at this stage. An online information resource will be available for childcare students going on placement and the committee is working on a standard module for childcare students.

WILL PARTICIPANTS NEED TO REFRESH?

It is recommended that early years practitioners attend this training every 3 years. For example, people who have attended ‘Keeping Safe’ Training in 2013 would not be expected to attend the new course until 2016. It will remain the responsibility of the practitioner and employer to ensure that their training is up to date.

WILL THERE BE A CHARGE FOR THE TRAINING?

One of the aims of the programme is to provide accessible training and, as far as possible, training will be offered with no charge. However, a small fee may be charged to secure the booking and/or to cover expenses.

 WILL PARTICIPANTS GET A CERTIFICATE?

Child Protection & Welfare – Basic Level Training is an accredited course and all participants who complete the full session will be awarded a certificate.

WILL THE TRAINING BE AVAILABLE IN IRISH?

The training is being provided in Irish by trainers based in Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta and Comhar Naíonraí na Gaeltachta. Services may choose which training they wish to attend.

CAN WORKERS FROM OTHER SECTORS ATTEND THE TRAINING?

This course is for practitioners in Early Years Settings, if you do not work in the early years sector and would like to attend Child Protection & Welfare training contact your local Children First Information and Advice Officers, based in the Child & Family Agency.

 

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