Areas of work

The following is the Programme of work for the committee

  • Support member organisations to implement the provisions of the Children First Act, 2015.
  • Continue to liaise with the HSE in relation to the implementation of Children First, the establishment of Children First Implementation Groups at CHO level and participate on the HSE Children First Social Care Steering Group – with the aim of representing the interests of National Federation member organisations.
  • Support the work of the National Federation’s Safeguarding (Children & Adults) Group. This group aims to provide a forum for those involved in promoting safety and protection and welfare issues to meet and discuss issues of common concern.


  • Participate in the Reference Group established by the HSE National Safeguarding Office to support the implementation of the National Safeguarding Policy within HSE Funded Agencies.
  • Support member organisations in the implementation of the National Safeguarding Policy and continue to contribute to the review of the National Safeguarding Policy due to be completed in 2018. 
  • Represent National Federation member organisations on the National Safeguarding Committee, chaired by Ms. Patricia Rickard Clarke, which was established to support the implementation of safeguarding provisions on a cross departmental basis. 
  • Participate in the National Implementation Task Group established to support the implementation of the HSE’s ‘6-point plan’ aimed at promoting safety and quality service provision within the disability sector.
  • Continue to facilitate the roll-out of the online ‘Safeguarding’ module to staff / volunteers across National Federation member organisations, in particular to front-line staff, those appointed as ‘Persons-in-Charge’ (PIC’s) and Designated Officers. 
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