Child Safeguarding Committee
This group originated from the Children First Implementation Committee for the Youth Work Sector, formed by DCYA, to support the youth sector in preparing for the implementation of the Children First Act 2015 in a consistent manner across all DCYA funded youth organisations. Following the completion of this work, the Children First Implementation Committee was dissolved, and the Child Safeguarding Committee for the Youth Work Sector was formed.
This committee’s purpose is to continue supporting the ongoing implementation and review of Children First in the youth work sector and to identify emerging safeguarding and child protection needs within the youth work sector and potential responses to these. The committee supports the practice of child safeguarding and child protection as it relates to Children First in the youth work sector and is intended as a forum for key stakeholders in the youth work sector to identify good practices and areas of concern in the continued implementation of Children First and protecting children and young people from harm (as defined in Children First 2015).
- NYCI Child Protection Programme – Siobhán Laffey
- Foroige – Miriam Ryan
- BeLonG To – TBC
- Crosscare – Ger Magee
- Youth Work Ireland – Paul Gralton
- CDYSB – Chris Kearns
- DDLETB – Martin Macentee
- Scouting Ireland – Steven Maclean
- Irish Wheelchair Association – Daragh Kennedy
The committee is dedicated to representing the interests of the youth work sector and listening to the safeguarding and child protection needs of the sector. If your organisation has a question that relates to safeguarding and child protection in the youth sector, please use the feedback channels available through our various members. If you are not a member of the organisations above, please complete this contact form. We will review these requests at our quarterly meetings. NYCI’s Child Protection Programme Manager can be contacted as usual for training, support and guidance on safeguarding and child protection in the youth work sector.
**This contact form is not for reporting child protection concerns. Please follow your organisational reporting procedures and contact your local Tusla Duty Office or your local Garda Station for urgent child protection matters.**