Child Safeguarding

National Child Safeguarding Website

The National Child Safeguarding Programme, Early Learning and Care website is now live at http://childsafeguardingelc.ie/ This website is a one-stop shop for information on child safeguarding for ELC services, parents and trainers, where you will find a wealth of information, resources and publications.

Online Revision Presentation

The Always Children First Foundation Training that Clare CCC deliver, is currently suspended, until we receive direction, from the National Child Safeguarding Committee & the DCYA. 

However, The National Child Safeguarding Committee, have put together a 30 minute online revision presentation, for Early Learning and Care & School Age Care Practitioners.  

The presentation was developed in response to concerns, that some children may have been at additional risk, during the extended period of lockdown in 2020. The presentation includes a piece addressing the issue of domestic violence and the risks for children that may be living in such a situation.

The presentation also highlights the key elements of the face to face 6 hour training, we usually deliver in Clare.  The purpose therefore, of the presentation, is to serve as an interim revision resource for ELC & SAC practitioners. 

Please click on the link below to watch the presentation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH_7yLe1ZPI&feature=youtu.be

(The link is also in the First Five website in the section on CPD)

The presentation will refresh information on Children First, the role and responsibilities of ELC & SAC practitioners, in relation to identifying and reporting Child Protection and Welfare concerns, using appropriate procedures within their own setting, and with Tusla.  

Please Note:

This online presentation should be preceded by completing the Tusla Children First E-Learning Programme.  

It is suggested that Practitioners complete the Tusla Children First E-Learning Programme every three years. 

This online presentation should not replace completion of the Tusla Children First E-Learning Programme or attendance at the Always Children First Foundation level programme (currently suspended).   

This online presentation is suitable for all members of staff in ELC & SAC settings.

Please see link for the Tusla Children First E-learning Programme below:

https://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-e-learning-programme/

Please click on the link below to the Tusla website for information on:

- Children First National Guidance 2017

- Children First Act 2015

- the online Child First e-learning module

 http://www.tusla.ie/services/child-protection-welfare/children-first/ 

 

The Tusla website has very detailed information on many areas:

Worried about a child:

http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/report-a-concern

Publications and Forms:

 http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/publications-and-forms

 

Support Documents:

http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/publications-and-forms

 

E- learning Children First Module:

http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-e-learning-programme

 

Contact Number - DUTY SOCIAL WORK TEAM CLARE

Please note that the contact number for Duty Social Workers serving the Clare Area has now changed – please see details and link below.

Please amend all relevant policies that include this number and please inform all staff.

Tel: 061 588688

http://www.tusla.ie/services/child-protection-welfare/contact-a-social-worker/clare-duty-social-work-team

Making a Mandated Report Out of Hours

Mandated reporters can now access Tusla's emergency out-of-hours social work service. If you are a mandated reporter and wish to report a case of child harm to Tusla, you can contact our out-of-hours social work service on 0818 776 315 between 6pm and 6am every night and between 9am and 5pm on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.

If you cannot contact Tusla and have an immediate concern about the safety of a child, please contact An Garda Síochána.

 http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/mandated-persons/making-a-mandated-report-out-of-hours/

 

Clare County Childcare Committee Child Protection and Welfare (Safeguarding) Policy

 

Non-disclosure protocol for phone calls/visitors to the office/site visits/during training

Clare County Childcare Committee (Clare CCC) staff follow a non-disclosure protocol in relation to child protection and welfare concerns to prevent early years practitioners/parents/guardians/others from making disclosures of child protection and welfare concerns to the Clare CCC team.

Clare CCC staff advise early years practitioners/parents/guardians/others to follow the procedures as stated in Children First National Guidance 2017 for reasonable grounds for concerns or the threshold for harm for mandated persons who have a legal obligation to report concerns to Tusla.  The Duty Social Worker Team are the experts to advise on these matters and can be contacted on 061 588688.

The same non-disclosure protocol applies to concerns which may relate to a code of behaviour breach – again early years practitioners/parents/guardians will now be advised to contact the manager/management committee of a service to allow them to address the concern or they can contact the Tusla Feedback & Concerns Office (previously Unsolicited Information Office) as the situation may be a breach of the Pre-school Regulations. If they are not sure if the concern relates to a child protection and welfare concern or a code of behaviour breach they can have an informal consultation with the Duty Social Work Team. If it is a possible code of behaviour breach Clare CCC staff will suggest they contact the manager/management committee of the service first and to ask if there is a complaints policy in place and if this does not produce the desired outcome to contact the Unsolicited Information Office.

If going forward to the Feedback & Concerns Office:
Email at: earlyyearsui@tusla.ie or Telephone:  061 461700 You may also download a Concerns form at: https://www.tusla.ie/services/preschool-services/parents-guardians/concerned-about-an-early-years-service/

If an inadvertent disclosure is received the Clare CCC staff team will follow the procedures as stated in the Clare CCC policy which support our duty of care to the child and to ensure that any child protection and welfare concern we become aware of inadvertently is followed up appropriately and the relevant persons and agencies are informed. The same approach applies to a code of behaviour concern and procedures are in place for this also to ensure the service addresses the concern and if not the relevant agency is informed.