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Online Tusla Briefing 1st March: Child Safeguarding Statements & Child Protection Policies & Procedures

March 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm GMT


Following last year’s voluntary audit, NYCI’s Child Protection Programme is partnering with Tusla again to share the information and learning from the audit that will support the youth work sector to review and update your Child Safeguarding Statements and Risk Assessments, and your Child Protection Policies in line with the Children First Act 2015.

Following this briefing, we invite all youth work organisations to participate in an audit of their Child Safeguarding Statements and Risk Assessments. This is a valuable opportunity for youth work organisations to gain expert advice and feedback from Tusla on these important safeguarding documents and we hope you will attend and participate!

This is also a valuable opportunity for the youth work sector as a whole as NYCI’s Child Protection Programme will receive a report from Tusla outlining areas of non-compliance across the sector (with no identifying information) so we can develop the necessary supports to address these and support the sector with compliance to Children First, 2015.

We are inviting you to attend an online briefing from the Child Safeguarding Statement Compliance Unit (CSSCU) and the Children First Information & Advice Service (CFIAS) on Wednesday 1st of March 2023 @ 11am – 12.30pm. The briefing will look at:

  • The requirement for providers of relevant services (under the Children First Act 2015) to have Child Safeguarding Statements (CSS) in place.
  • Child Safeguarding Statement content, compliance criteria, issues for consideration, the definition of a provider of a relevant service, and will have a particular focus on safeguarding risk assessments.
  • Outline of child safeguarding policy and procedures which can contribute to creating a safer environment for children and young people with a particular focus on the responsibilities of mandated persons and DLPs, specified procedures from the child safeguarding statement and ensuring all language, definitions and reporting forms align with the Children First Act, 2015.
  • Provision of resources and tools for reviewing the Child Safeguarding Statement & the Child Protection Policy.

**Important Information**

  • All documentation will be submitted to Siobhán Laffey, NYCI’s National Child Protection Manager who will forward the relevant documents to each Tusla team.
  • All feedback from the CSSCU will be sent directly to organisations.
  • Documents must be submitted by 14th April 2023.
  • At the briefing both the CSSCU and the CFIAO will provide services with tools/checklists to support them with reviewing and updating their documentation.
  • Please note, if during the course of your participation in this voluntary process the CSSCU are concerned about a potential risk to children, they will formally request your Child Safeguarding Statement and commence a formal process of review.


Max 100 persons


Free of charge


Wednesday 1st of March, 2023

11am – 12.30pm

Online via Zoom


  • To provide youth work organisations with up-to-date information and advice on Child Safeguarding Statements, Safeguarding Risk Assessments and Child Safeguarding Policies and Procedures.
  • To ensure youth organisations are compliant with legislation and Children First Guidelines.
  • To offer youth work organisations the opportunity to participate in a voluntary audit of their Child Safeguarding Statements and Child Safeguarding Policies and to receive feedback and advice/guidance from Tusla on these documents.


  • Youth Work Organisations – DLPs, Safeguarding Officers, Managers, or those with responsibility for reviewing and updating Child Safeguarding Statements, Safeguarding Risk Assessments and Child Safeguarding Policies & Procedures


  • NYCI Child Protection Programme and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding Statement Compliance Unit & Children First Information & Advice Service


Tusla’s Child Safeguarding Statement Compliance Unit: The Tusla Child Safeguarding Statement Compliance Unit (CSSCU) is a dedicated Tusla department set up solely to manage the requirement for providers to have a Child Safeguarding Statement in place. Support and guidance documentation is available on the Tusla website to support providers to meet this requirement. Support and guidance can be accessed via the CSSCU Staff also. The unit is also responsible for operating and maintaining the Register of Non-Compliance under section 13 of the Children First Act 2015.


Tusla’s Children First Information & Advice Officers: The Child and Family Agency employs Children First Information and Advice Officers who are available to liaise with voluntary and community organisations and provide advice and guidance on Children First.


Please note:

This webinar is being provided especially for youth organisations. Please ensure you only register if you can attend, and contact NYCI if this changes so we can give your place to somebody else.


We will use Zoom for the online webinar. All you need to join the session is a stable internet or data connection.

You will receive an email after sign-up asking you to register for the Zoom webinar so please complete this in order to receive the Zoom invite.

If the event is sold out, you can contact lauren@nyci.ie via email and ask to be put on the waitlist for any cancellations.


Attendees will be manually admitted to the Zoom webinar so please ensure that the username on Zoom is the same as your name that you registered for the webinar. This will help us check attendance quickly and efficiently and protect all participants’ privacy. You can find more about changing your Zoom username here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201363203-Customizing-your-Profile



March 1
11:00 am - 12:30 pm GMT


Online (Zoom)


National Youth Council of Ireland
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