Children First 2017: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children

On 2nd October 2017, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs launched the revised Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and announced the commencement of remaining sections of the Children First Act 2015 from 11th December 2017. The newly commenced provisions of the Children First Act, including mandated reporting, will come into effect from 11th December 2017.

Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children is intended to help people to recognise child abuse and neglect, and report concerns to Tusla. The Guidance has been updated to reflect the provisions of the Children First Act 2015 and it includes specific information for people and organisations who will acquire legal obligations under the legislation when it is fully commenced in December 2017.

Tusla has produced a suite of information documents and a universal e-learning programme to support the launch of the revised Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and the commencement of remaining sections of the Children First Act 2015. Scroll down for links to these materials, as well as frequently asked questions developed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Find out more and access E-Learning Programme here.