Child Protection Procedures in Schools
The current Child Protection Procedures incorporate significant improvements to the previous school guidelines and are intended to better ensure consistent and uniform implementation of Children First across all schools. The improvements include a new template child protection policy, a requirement that all primary schools fully implement the Stay Safe Programme and also put in place improved oversight arrangements at Board of Management level.
The Department, in consultation with the relevant education partners, is currently reviewing the existing Child Protection Procedures to take account of forthcoming statutory requirements under the Children First Act 2015 and the recently published Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017).
The Minister for Children and Youth Affaires has announced that she will commence the remaining provisions of The Children First Act 2015 on 11th December 2017. The Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017) published on 2nd October 2017 will also become operational on this date.
The revised Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools will be published on the Department’s website in advance of 11th December 2017. Schools are advised to monitor the Department’s website for updates.
In the meantime, the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011 and the existing Child Protection Procedures continue to apply to all schools.
Address: Department of Education and Skills, School Governance Section, Cornamaddy, Athlone, County Westmeath, N37 X659
Information in relation to recent and proposed legislation relevant to Child Protection