Child Protection

*New* Children First 2017 


On October 2nd 2017, The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone T.D. launched Children First 2017. The document supersedes Children First 2011 from December 11th 2017, following the full commencement of the Children First Act 2015. 


Publication of new "Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017" - Circular 0081/2017

As per Circular 0081/2017, schools will be permitted two separate half-day school closures during the 2017/18 school year to allow time, as a school community, to engage with the revised procedures and to access the support available. The support available is as follows: 



Schools may engage with the dedicated PDST on-line resource to guide them through the revised Department of Education Child Protection Procedures for Primary & Post-Primary Schools 2017 (scheduled to become available early February 2018). Click on the link below to access this resource once it has become available. 


Schools may engage with the 90-minute Universal e-Learning programme developed by Tusla which is available to schools by clicking the link below. This programme was written to support all personnel, regardless of profession, in recognising concerns about children and reporting such concerns, as required.



Click on the images below to access the online supports:


Additional supports: 

  • One full-day, face-to-face seminar for Designated Liaison Persons (DLPs) and Deputy Designated Liaison Persons (DDLPs) which will be rolled out in Education Centres commencing early 2018


Click on the images below to access the documents
Children First 2017 Child Protection Procedures 2017  




Child Protection Resources 


Child Protection issues are explored in the primary school through various initiatives. The Stay Safe Programme and supporting Teacher Resources, Relationship & Sexuality Education support materials and the Webwise website can all be accessed below. 


Stay Safe Programme (Revised)


Relationships & Sexuality Education