Always Children First – Safeguarding Training Awareness


Child protection and welfare training for the early years sector in Wicklow is delivered by Wicklow County Childcare Committee. 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.

As you are aware, the full Enactment of the Children First Act (2015) has resulted in significant changes for those employed in the Early Years Sector. With a legal responsibility for organisations to have a Child Safeguarding Statement in place and the identification of those employed in Early Years Services as Mandated Persons, the Always Children First Foundation Module has been updated to reflect these and other important changes.

This Foundation Training is a standardised programme for all staff involved in direct work with children and families. All Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) and Deputy Designated Liaison Persons (DDLP) will be prioritised for this training.

A prerequisite of attending this training is that participants have completed the Tusla e-Learning Children First Programme and Wicklow CCC require a copy of your e-Learning certificate at time of booking.

To book a place on the Always Children First – Child Safeguarding Training, please email a copy of your Tusla e-Learning Cert to  Successful applicants will then be sent an eventbrite link to pay for the place.  Upon receipt of payment your place will be confirmed.

*** N.B. Course is now full ***

The next training will take place on the following date:

Saturday 26th November

Brockagh Resource Centre Laragh

10am – 4pm

Maximum 2 places per service


To complete this e-Learning programme see link below:

Complete Children First E-Learning Programme

This is a Child & Family Agency accredited module that has been developed for the early years’ sector.  Certification is valid for three years.

There are a number of resources to assist early years services in implementing best practice in the area of safeguarding children and they can be accessed on the links below.

Children First Revision and the Garda Vetting webinar

Info Blasts

Child Safeguarding Resources

Tusla Child Protection & Welfare

Tusla Child Safeguarding Guide












Pobal Logo DOCYA Logo