Message from the National Early Years Children First Committee re: Always Children First Training and Safeguarding Statements

Message from the National Early Years Children First Committee:

Due to current Public Health advice, the Early Years specific Always Children First Foundation Level Training is on hold. 

We understand that there are many Early Learning and Care services that require training as certs are out of date, however in order to keep staff, children, families and communities safe we have taken this decision. 

*All staff, whether currently working or returning to work in the coming weeks, are asked to complete the Tusla ELearning Programme prior to welcoming children back into their services. * 

The programme and supporting documentscan be found below:

Children First ELearning Programme

Tusla Children First Support Documents

 

Finally, services are asked to ensure that:

All staff are aware of their organisation’s Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures and are familiar with their own role and responsibilities within the organisation should Child Protection or Welfare concerns arise. 

Updated Safeguarding Statement Template and Information Sheet

The National Early Years Children First Programme, in conjunction with Tusla, have updated the Early Learning and Care, Child Safeguarding Statement Template and Information Sheet. Services are encouraged to read the information sheet prior to updating their Child Safeguarding Statement. 

The Template has been updated in line with all relevant Legislation and Policy and has been approved as a template, by the Child Safeguarding Statement Compliance Unit (CCSU).

It is imperative that services follow all instructions on the Template and that they ensure that the risks that are identified and the policies that are named to mitigate risks are specific to their service. 

 To view the updated Safeguarding Statement Template and Information Sheet click on the buttons below:

Child Safeguarding Statement ELC Template July 2020

 Child Safeguarding Statement ELC Information Sheet July 2020

 

Children First Child Protection Revision Webinar

In addition to this, the National Early Years Children First Committee have put together a 30 minute, online, revision presentation for Early Learning and Care Practitioners that are returning to settings. The session was developed to highlight the key elements of the Children First 6 hour training.

This programme should be preceded by completing the Tusla ELearning Programme. It is suggested that Practitioners complete the Tusla ELearning Programme every three years. Children First Revision webinar can be accessed below:

Children First Child Protection Revision Webinar

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