Child Protection

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 and Youth Affairs.

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.


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.


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.

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.

For information on Garda vetting please see the National Vetting Bureau of An Garda Siochana

Alternatively you can contact the National Vetting Bureau of An Garda Siochana

Tel: +353 (0)504 27300 | Fax: +353 (0)504 27373


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.


Information Session for Boards of Management on Children First

This information session is provided by the NYCI Child Protection Programme upon request to Boards of Management in the Youth Sector. It is not a training, but a 1-hour information session to support Boards of Management to familiarise themselves more broadly with child safeguarding and child protection.

Child Protection Awareness Programme

This training programme is aimed at staff and volunteers in the youth sector, working with young people with general responsibilities in relation to safeguarding, but who do not have specific responsibilities in their role in relation to child protection.

Designated Liaison Person Training

This three day course is aimed at those with the role and responsibility of a Child Protection Designated Liaison Person within their youth organisation. It aims to provide participants with the information to carry out this important role in an effective manner.


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