Supporting the youth work sector to safeguard children and young people
The Child Protection Programme is based in the National Youth Council of Ireland and is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.
The Child Protection Programme is dedicated to supporting the youth work sector to meet their responsibilities in relation to child safeguarding and protection. The Programme supports the sector through the provision of training, resource materials, support and guidance, and advocacy on behalf of the youth work sector.
CHILD PROTECTION CONSIDERATIONS DURING COVID-19
The NYCI Child Protection Programme has put together information to support the youth work sector to continue its commitment to child protection in the current challenging circumstances.
CHILD SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT
The National Youth Council of Ireland is committed to the protection of children and young people with whom we work and to promoting good practice within our organisation.
Frequently Asked Questions:
If you have a concern about a young person it is very important that you take one of the following actions:
Report your concern to your designated liaison person within your organisation
If you do not have a designated liaison person, report directly to your local duty social worker in Tusla,The Child and Family Agency. www.tusla.ie
In an emergency or if a social worker is not available, contact your local An Garda Siochana.
All youth organisations have a responsibility and a duty of care for the protection and well being of the young people with whom they work. There are a number of measures that youth organisations must put in place to safeguard children from harm. These include the following:
A child protection policy and code of behaviour, a named designated liaison person, a safe recruitment and selection process for employees and volunteer which includes Garda vetting, procedures for dealing with allegations, supervision, support and training in child protection and safeguarding for all staff, volunteers and management.
For the youth work sector please see the training section of this website
However, if you are outside of the youth work sector please contact your national governing body or Tusla for information on accessing appropriate child protection training.
WEB SAFETY IN YOUTH WORK RESOURCE
This resource from has been created to support those who work with young people in all youth work organisations who often share similar concerns, risks and challenges to ensure all young people, staff, volunteers are safe online. However, each organisation should consider how the issues raised in this resource should be adapted to their own local context and what will work most effectively in their practice.
The information in this resource is designed to highlight the key issues to be considered when working online with young people and to sign post to other resources that can support youth work organisations to work safe online with young people.
Online Safety and Awareness in Youth Work E-Learning
The Child Protection Programme has developed a new free eLearning to support the youth work sector to help keep young people safe online.
This eLearning introduces youth workers and volunteers to key topics in online safety, and addresses the challenges that young people may face online. It explores the importance of digital awareness in your role and the ways you can support young people to be safer online.