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Child Protection Procedures in Primary and Post Primary Schools (revised 2023)

The Department of Education and Skills Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary schools (revised 2023) give clear direction and guidance to school authorities and to school personnel in relation to meeting the statutory obligations under the Children First Act, 2015 and in the continued implementation within the school setting of the best practice guidance set out in the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017. The procedures apply to all recognised primary and post-primary schools and to all members of school personnel.


Pursuant to the Children First Act 2015, the Department has put in place procedures to provide assurances to the Minister for Education that clear and consistent child protection and safeguarding procedures are in place in boarding facilities associated with recognised schools.

The aim of these procedures is to inform the management of all boarding facilities of what is required of them in their implementation of the Children First Act 2015 and to ensure that arrangements for the oversight of the requirements of the Children First Act 2015, including Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017, are in place across all boarding facilities.








Curricular Supports for Child Protection 

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