Children First : Parent Information
Children First promotes the protection of children from abuse and neglect, by setting out what individuals and schools need to do to keep children safe, and how to deal with concerns about a child’s safety or welfare. Society has a duty of care towards children, and everyone should be alert to the possibility that children they are in contact with may be abused or at risk of abuse or neglect.
Under the Children First Act 2015, certain people who work with children have additional legal obligations. These are known as Mandated Persons. All our staff are Mandated Persons,and we are obliged to report to Tusla social work department any knowledge, belief, or reasonable suspicion that a child has been harmed, is being harmed or is at risk of being harmed.
The Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-primary Schools 2017 are followed by all staff and we follow the clear direction and guidance in relation to meeting the statutory obligations under the Children First Act, 2015.
We implement the best practice guidance set out in the updated Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children.
If you are concerned about a child or young person, you should contact Tusla social work department.
More information on keeping children safe in our communities is available