Child Protection E-Learning

Welcome to the new E-Learning Presentation Series for Child Protection.

The aim of these presentations is to support you in navigating the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools, 2017, in order for you to understand and fulfil your role as Designated Liaison Person (DLP) or Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP). We recommend that you complete the presentations in sequential order. Please ensure you have a copy of the Child Protection Procedures to hand, along with the accompanying Participant Handbook which supports the full series of presentations. We have also prepared Slide Notes for each presentation. You can download and print all of these documents by clicking on the relevant links below. You can revisit these presentations as often as required. 

These presentations are intended for DLPs and DDLPs. If you have already attended a Child Protection seminar, you can revisit these presentations for revision purposes. If you have not attended a Child Protection seminar, these presentations cover everything that is addressed in the seminar. DLPs and DDLPs should also ensure that all school staff have completed the original PDST E-learning programme for All School Personnel (2018) which is available here

Presentation #1 - Overview & Context Presentation #2 - Role of DLP & DDLP Presentation #3 - Record Keeping&Oversight



Essential Documents

Please ensure you have the following documents to hand in advance to support your progression through this programme:

Children First 2017 Child Protection Procedures 2017 E-Learning Series Participants Handbook

Presentation Slides 

You might like to download and print these Slide Notes in order to take notes as you progress through each presentation:

Presentation #1 Slide Notes  Presentation #2 Slide Notes Presentation #3 Slide Notes

Essential documents and websites

Templates and Websites to support you with your reporting requirements and Staff Wellbeing

UPDATE, November 2021: 

An addendum has been added to Children First which outlines an Action Plan for Online Safety. In light of this, changes have been made to the Checklist for Review of the Child Safeguarding Statement. In addition, the four original Mandatory Templates are now three Mandatory Templates. The updated templates are attached below. The Guide to Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspections document has now been updated to refer to three templates. From 31st January, 2022 schools will be required to use the new mandatory templates from the date of their next annual review.


Employee Assistance Service


Curricular Supports for Child Protection - Primary 

These resources can be accessed and downloaded by clicking on the images above, or purchased from the PDST Publications E-Store


Curricular Supports for Child Protection - Post Primary 

Click on the images above to access, download or order the resource. Also available on



Supplementary Materials

These additional materials may support you in sharing the messages of Child Protection with your whole school community. Remember to be mindful of the life experiences of your school personell when sharing these materials, and ensure that all staff are aware of the Employee Assistance Service - Wellbeing Together

Video Clips
 ISPCC - Children Believe what they are told -  NSPCC - Say Something -  NSPCC - When a Child Makes a Disclosure -


Ted Talk : Child Protection - What is Contextual Safeguarding?  Webwise Videos -
Childhood Lasts a Lifetime Change a Child's Future  - Jenny's Story (Neglect)

Barnardos offer a free online safety session for teachers

The following clip is also a very simple and straightforward online safety video

Meitheal - Social Work in Ireland Prevention, Partnership & Family Support - Adverse Childhood Experiences -


Further Reading 

The following articles and resources might be of interest to you in furthering your understanding of Child Protection


Online Supports

If you haven't already completed the Tusla and PDST E-learning programmes (2018), we would highly recommend that you do. This PDST E-learning programme was developed in 2018 and should be completed by all school personnell.