12
DEC
2017

New Child Protection Procedures for Schools

Child Protection Procedures for schools and associated circular published 11 December 2017

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has commenced the remaining provisions of the Children First Act, 2015 from 11 December 2017. 

The Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017 published on 2 October 2017 also became operational on 11 December 2017.

The Department of Education and Skills circular 0081/2017 (published on 11 December, 2017) informs school management authorities that new Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 have been developed and published following an extensive consultation with the education partners.  

The purpose of the new procedures is to give clear direction and guidance to school authorities and to school personnel in relation to meeting the new 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 updated Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017.

Please see the link below to the relevant Departmental Circular: