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FREE Workshops! Responding to Disclosures & Informing Parents/Guardians

November 21 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm GMT

NYCI’s National Child Protection Programme is partnering with ASSC following last years successful pilot providing training workshops on Responding to Disclosures. This year we will offer an additional workshop on Informing Parents/Guardians when a report has to be made to the statutory authorities (Tusla/An Garda Síochána). These workshops will take place in person, at the Communication Workers Union, Dublin 1, on Tuesday 21st November 2023 and places are available for free! We are inviting youth workers, safeguarding officers, DLPs, deputy DLPS, managers, and anyone else with safeguarding responsibilities in your youth work organisations to attend. We have 20 places available and you must attend for the full day. Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided on the day. More information on the workshops is available below.

Workshop 1: Responding to a Disclosure

Disclosure is a process where children/young people start to share their experiences of abuse or harm, and it can take place over a period of time. It takes a lot of courage, and they need to have someone they can trust who will believe them and get them help once they share this information. As a youth worker, a child/young person may come to view you as a trusted adult in their life, and they may decide to disclose to you that they are experiencing harm or abuse. There are many ways in which a child/young person may disclose that they are experiencing harm. They disclose directly or indirectly through other indicators, so it’s important that we are able to recognise when we might be receiving a disclosure that something is wrong. This workshop is being run with a small number of participants so we can examine and role-play in small groups how you might recognise and respond to a disclosure from a child or young person.

Workshop 2: Informing Parents:

Best practice advice from Tusla advises that we should inform parents/guardians about a concern that we have to report to the statutory bodies (Tusla or An Garda Síochána). This can be an anxiety-inducing process for staff as they want to maintain their relationship with the family of the child/young person involved. It is important to support parents/guardians through this process and to be clear about your obligations when it comes to safeguarding and protection of children/young people. This workshop is being run with a small number of participants so we can examine, and role play in small groups what we need to do in advance of informing parents, informing parents, and then the aftermath of informing parents of a concern that has to be reported to the statutory bodies (Tusla or An Garda Síochána).


Date & time

Tuesday 21st of November 2023

9.30am – 5pm






Communication Workers Union,

55-577 N Circular Rd,



D01 TR53


Responding to a Disclosure:

  • To provide a space to explore what is a disclosure?
  • To understand and recognise when you receive a disclosure.
  • To give participants an opportunity to explore how they might receive a disclosure from a young person, and how they respond to the child/young person who is disclosing.
  • To explore the aftermath of a disclosure (reporting, supporting the child/young person, minding yourself).

Informing Parents:

  • To provide a space to explore how workers should prepare to inform parents/guardians about a concern that has to be reported to the statutory services.
  • To understand and recognise the impact on parents/guardians when they’re informed of a concern in relation to their child.
  • To give participants an opportunity to explore how they should go about informing parents/guardians of a concern.
  • To give participants an opportunity to explore what their role is when it comes to informing parents/guardians.
  • To explore the aftermath of informing parents that a concern has to be reported to statutory bodies.

Designed for

Youth workers, safeguarding officers, DLPs, professionals and volunteers working directly with young people

Additional Important Information

Please Read Before Booking


This is a scheduled face-to-face training that will be delivered in-person at the Communications Workers Union, Dublin.  Participants are welcome to wear masks during the training if they so wish, this is voluntary rather than mandatory so please be aware other participants may not be wearing masks.


The location of this training is Communication Workers Union, 575 North Circular Road, Dublin 1.


We will provide tea and coffee at the breaks and sandwiches for lunch. Please advise of any dietary requirements when completing your booking.  Contact siobhan@nyci.ie if you have any questions or issues.


NYCI reserve the right to cancel this training if circumstances change. In the event that face-to-face training cannot take place, this training will be rescheduled to a later date. Please note this training will not be moved online. NYCI will give as much notice as possible for any updates about the status of the training. NYCI will issue refunds to participants if the training is cancelled or rescheduled. For all other circumstances, please review NYCI’s Cancellation Policy prior to booking. If you can no longer attend please provide us with adequate notice to ensure a full or partial refund of your ticket.


If you have queries, please contact siobhan@nyci.ie

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NYCI’s National Child Protection Programme, 3 Montague Street, Dublin.

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November 21
9:30 am - 5:00 pm GMT
Event Category:


National Youth Council of Ireland
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Communication Workers Union
575/577 North Circular Road
Dublin 1, County Dublin D01 TR53
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(01) 866 3000
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