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Children First Bill 2014

A proposed new law, the Children First Bill, will put key elements of the Children First Guidelines on a statutory footing for the first time since the guidelines were issued in 1999. 

The Bill provides for a number of specific child protection measures, including the following:

  • A requirement on mandated persons to report child protection concerns to the Child and Family Agency (Tusla) including teachers as well as medical practitioners; registered nurses; social workers; gardai; psychologists; members of the clergy; pre-school child care staff ; child protection officers of religious, sporting; cultural, recreational and educational organisations offering services to children;
  • A requirement on mandated persons to assist the Child and Family Agency in the assessment of a child protection risk, if requested to do so by the Agency;
  • A requirement on organisations providing services to children to comply with best practice in child protection as set out in the Children First Guidelines and to produce an organisational-specific Child Safeguarding Statement;
  • Statutory arrangements to promote cross-sectoral implementation and compliance with Children First.

A copy of the Children First Bill [2014] can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

INTO made a submission on the Draft Heads of the Children First Bill (available below) as published in 2012.  We will continue to monitor the Bill as it progresses through the Oireachtas.

Children First Bill 2012 (pdf, 198 kb)
INTO Submission