Children

HSE Social Care Children First Implementation Group:

Mr. Liam Keogh, Daughters of Charity Services, and Ms. Jillian Sexton represent the National Federation on the HSE Social Care Children First Implementation Group and provide a link / feedback between the work of this Group and the National Federation’s Safeguarding Group. 

Children First – HSE Social Care Division Children First Oversight Committee

The National Federation is represented on the HSE Social Care Division Children First Oversight Committee by Mr. Liam Keogh, Daughters of Charity Services, and Ms. Jillian Sexton, National Federation Secretariat.  The role of the Group is to:

  • Develop and recommend a standardised framework for a Child Protection and Welfare Policy, Procedures & Practices;
  • Develop and implement a Communication Strategy and Plan to support Children First implementation across Disability Services;
  • Develop and recommend a standardised Children First Training Strategy for adoption by all Disability Service Providers;
  • Develop and recommend a standardised quality and assurance template & monitoring system for effective implementation of Children First for adoption by Disability Services;
  • Monitor national Children First statistical returns for trends, issues and obstacles to implementation of Children First and advise the National Disability Governance Group.
     

Tusla launches new online portal for reporting child protection and welfare concerns

To support efficient, safe and secure making of reports of child protection and welfare Concerns, Tusla (The Child and Family Agency) have launched an online web Portal (https://portal.tusla.ie/) for making reports of concern. This new portal currently allows Mandated Persons to register and report a concern online. 

How to use the Tusla Portal

If, as a MANDATED PERSON, you have a CONCERN in relation to a child OUT OF HOURS, please contact 0818776315

- HSE Children First National Office
Website - HSE.ie/ChildrenFirst

 

Launch of Review of current practices in the use of wardship for adults in Ireland

Launch of Review of current practices in the use of wardship for adults in Ireland: The National Safeguarding Committee has called for the urgent commencement of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015, as a new report it published on January 18th finds the 19th century Wards of Court regime to be inadequate and archaic 

Link to the report on Review of current practice in the use of wardship foradults in Ireland. 

 

Children First – Tusla launch Support Documents.

Children First was formally launched by Minister Zappone on Monday, 2nd October, 2017, and she confirmed that the commencement of the final components of the Act will take place on 11th December, within 3 months from that date March, to reach full compliance.

Tusla has now launched a series of information documents to support the launch of the revised Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and the commencement of remaining sections of the Children First Act 2015.

The documents launched by Tusla include the following:

  • A Guide for the Reporting of Child Protection and Welfare Concerns
  • Best Practice Principles for Organisations in Developing Children First Training Programmes
  • Guidance on Developing a Child Safeguarding Statement

These information documents can be accessed via the following link: http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/support-documents  

Other useful links: 

Link to HSE Children first website 

Link to HSE Children First Information and Advice Officers.

Link to Tusla website

 

 

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