Child protection and welfare certificate – Minister recognises country’s first graduates
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is hosting the graduation ceremony for the Certificate in Child Protection and Welfare today (05.12.13) in the Oak Room of the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 at 3:30 pm.
Representatives from a range of national organisations working with young people including Scouting Ireland, Foroige, the FAI and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be awarded the Certificate in Child Protection and Welfare. The certificate, accredited by NUI Maynooth and delivered in partnership with the NYCI Child Protection programme, is first of its kind in Ireland.
Speaking in advance of the event guest of honour Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs said:
“Protecting children is a community effort and everybody working with or in contact with children has a duty to ensure best practice in child protection, in accordance with the Children First. I wish to commend the National Youth Council of Ireland for their ongoing leadership in promoting the highest standards of child protection in youth work services including through the training programme we are recognising today.”
Mary Cunningham, NYCI director said:
“With over 380,000 young people participating in youth work it is vital that we stay at the forefront when it comes to child protection. The youth work sector has long led the way in this regard, and today’s group of graduates is further testament to the sector’s commitment to ensuring the highest standards of child protection.”
For further information, contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on
NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
The National Youth Council of Ireland’s Child Protection Programme (CPP) was established in 2004. This programme is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The purpose of NYCI’s Child Protection Programme is to build the capacity of youth organisations to safeguard and protect their children and young people.
What: Graduation Ceremony of the NUIM Certificate in Child Protection and Welfare On: Thursday 5th of December 2013 at 3.15pm In: the Oak Room, Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Guest of Honour: Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Graduands from: SVP, FAI, Foroige, Irish Girl Guides and a range of national youth organisations
3.30pm Opening and welcome
Mary Cunningham, Director, NYCI
3.35 Background to the Certificate
Olive Ring, Child Protection Manager, NYCI
3.45pm Role of NUI Maynooth
Anastasia Crickley, Head of Dept of Applied Social Studies, NUIM
3.50 Student perspective
Eimear O’Connor (Foroige) and Vincent O’Flaherty (FAI)
4.00 Ministerial Address
Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs