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Child Protection Procedures: Circular 81/2017

Child Protection Procedures for Schools reflect Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017 and the Children First Act (2015) .

These procedures became effective from 11 December 2017 (Circular 81/2017) apart from the requirement to prepare and display a written Child Safeguarding Statement (CSS) which must be done before 11 March 2018. From that date the requirement to have a CSS replaces the previous requirement to have a Child Protection Policy.

The 2017 procedures stipulate that all BOMs are required to formally adopt and implement these revised procedures as part of the school’s CSS.

2017 Procedures: Main provisions

For the most part the new 2017 procedures build on and/or continue the existing 2011 procedures. Key provisions include:

  • The obligation on every school to prepare and publish its own CSS before 11 March 2018.
  • A new threshold and definition of “harm” as laid down in the Children First Act, 2015.
  • The continued requirement to report any reasonable concern of abuse or neglect.
  • Prescribing that every registered teacher is now a “mandated person” for reporting instances of “harm”.
  • The retention of the role of DLP and deputy DLP with some variations in the case of mandated reports.
  • New oversight arrangements – including record keeping and reports to parents and BOMs.
  • Retention of the right to seek advice about whether or not to make a report to Tusla and about the type of report.
  • A new Child Protection and Welfare Report Form.
  • Continued emphasis on confidentiality in child protection matters and a legal prohibition on the disclosure of information to third parties.
  • A statutory requirement to assist Tusla in its assessment and investigation of reports.

Please find a Q and A and a Facebook Webinar, along with all other documents, appendices and templates on the procedures below.

Child Protection Procedures 2017 (pdf, 1,888 kb)

December 2017    

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INTO Questions and Answers (pdf, 124 kb)

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Facebook Live Webinar

Compliance Requirements (pdf, 292 kb)
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Update on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Support Arrangements - February 2018 (pdf, 362 kb)
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Appendix 1 - Schedule of Mandated Persons Under the Children First Act 2015 (pdf, 390 kb)

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Appendix 2 - Sexual Offences as set out in the Children First Act 2015 (pdf, 289 kb)

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Appendix 3 - Protocol authorising immediate action (pdf, 329 kb)

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Appendix 4 - Summary of Record Keeping Requirements (pdf, 435 kb)

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Template 1 - Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment (doc, 15 kb)

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Examples of Activities, Risks and Procedures (pdf, 241 kb)

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Examples of Risks of Harm (pdf, 160 kb)

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Examples of Procedures to Address Risks of Harm (pdf, 337 kb)

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Template 2 - Child Safeguarding Statement (doc, 15 kb)

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Template 3 - Checklist for Review of the Child Safeguarding Statement (doc, 15 kb)

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Template 4 - Notification regarding the Board of Management’s review of the Child Safeguarding Statement (doc, 12 kb)

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Draft Department of Education and Skills Oversight Report (xls, 13 kb)
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Children First Training Videos

Click on the link to access 2 online courses from the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) on the Child Protection Procedures.

Click on the link and create an account to watch a 90-minute training programme designed by TUSLA/CFA for Children First

Child Protection and Welfare Report Form (pdf, 419 kb)