Child Protection and Welfare
Please refer to Child Protection and Welfare section of the Tusla Website for information on Child Protection and Welfare Policy and Practice, Guidelines for Developing a Child Protection Policy and information on Reporting Concerns. We have linked some of this information below.
Since January 2014, a standardised child protection training course is available to workers in the Early Years Sector. The first level of training available is Child Protection & Welfare: Basic/Foundation Level and it is delivered by the Childcare Committees.
Within Cavan County Childcare Committee, Noreen McGovern is responsible for delivering this training.
The six hour 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.
Cavan Childcare Committee runs approximately 10 Child Protection and Welfare Training courses each year. These courses are advertised through our Training Calendar and by direct email to Early Years (Childcare) Services.
The eligibility criteria is set by Tusla and the National Early Years Children First Committee. The training is only available to staff in Early Years Services and to Childminders.
Students, parents and members of the public do not qualify for training.
Tusla has developed a presentation which may be of interest to individuals who do not qualify to participate on the Child Protection and Welfare Training for Early Years Services.
Tusla Children First National Guidance 2011 Presentation provides an overview of key elements of Children First and organisational roles and responsibilities for safeguarding the children in their care. Organisations may use the presentation in a number of ways:
- Staff can view the presentation as part of induction training.
- Staff can view the presentation to prepare for attending Child Protection and Welfare Training. This presentation is not an alternative to Child Protection and Welfare Training.
Health and Safety in Early Years Services
Below are links to a number of Health and Safety publications which are relevant to the operating of an Early Years (Childcare) Service.
- Guidance in preparing for and managing Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (Swine Flu)
- Guide to Infection Prevention & Control for Childcare Facilities
- Management of Infectious Disease in Childcare Facilities and Other Childcare Settings
- HSE – 3 Week Menu Plan for Childcare Services
- HPU Food & Nutrition Guidelines for Pre-school Services
- Fire Safety for Pre-schools and Childcare Services – General Guidance
- HSE Advice for Food Businesses and Childcare Services during a Water Disruption