• New Child Protection & Welfare Training 2014

    Posted on February 10, 2014 by in News Updates

    National Early Years Children First Committee Jan 2014


    A new child protection and welfare training course for the early years sector is now available and it will be delivered by the Childcare Committees and a number of Voluntary Childcare Organisations.

    – The first level of training to be offered is Child Protection & Welfare: Basic Level. This is a Child & Family Agency accredited module that has been developed for the early years sector.

    – The new programme replaces the ‘Keeping Safe’ child protection training course

    Over 3 years training will be offered to all early years workers (including childminders).

    – Training will be free as far as possible.

    – Only Trainers accredited to the new programme can deliver the new module.

    – Training for Designated Liaison Persons will be rolled out later in 2014.


    This note contains information about the new Child protection and Welfare Training Programme for the Early Years Sector. It includes a summary and frequently asked questions. The information in this document is for everyone in the early years sector, it will be of particular interest to:

    • Childminders
    • Early years staff and management
    • Boards of management in early years services
    • Designated Liaison Persons in early years services
    • Staff and management at Voluntary Childcare Organisations
    • Staff and management at school age services


    From January 2014, a new standardised child protection training course is available to practitioners in the early years sector. The first level of training to be rolled-out is Child Protection & Welfare: Basic Level, a quality assured child protection training course tailored to the needs of the sector. It will be rolled out over 3 years to practitioners in both services and home-based settings.

    The role that early years practitioners have in the lives of children and their families means that they are uniquely placed to recognise when there are concerns about the safety, welfare or well-being of a child. Early years practitioners and services also have a responsibility for safeguarding the children in their care through their policies, procedures and practice.

    This 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.

    Child Protection & Welfare: Basic Level will replace ‘Keeping Safe’ child protection and welfare training and is aimed at everyone working in the Early Years Sector.

    The national roll-out is being co-ordinated by the National Early Years Children First Committee, an interagency committee tasked with the implementation of Children First in the sector. Children First is Ireland’s national guidance for the protection and welfare of children. This is a cross sector initiative and Early Childhood Ireland and Barnardos have had a key role in providing training and quality assurance for the new programme.

    To ensure nationwide access to the training it will be delivered by the Childcare Committees, Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta and Comhar Naíonraí na Gaeltachta. This coordinated approach aims to provide access to a standardised training module for everyone, at minimum cost, and consistent implementation of child protection policy and procedures across the sector.

    Designated Liaison Person training and an online information resource will be developed for childcare students and will be launched in 2014.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    If you would like further information on when training will be available in your area please contact your local Childcare Committee, Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta or Comhar Naíonraí na Gaeltachta.



    The Programme has been developed by the National Early Years Children First Committee and funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. This collaborative interagency committee is chaired by Kathryn O’Riordan, Cork City Childcare Committee and the members are Louth County Childcare Committee, Dublin City Childcare Committee, Fingal County Childcare Committee, Child & Family Agency Children First Office, Child & Family Agency Early Years Inspectorate, Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta , Comhar Naíonraí na Gaeltachta, Barnardos, Childminding Ireland and Early Childhood Ireland.

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