Child Protection and Welfare of Children in Irish Schools

About this course

The newly implemented Children First Act 2015 as well as the 2017 Procedures provide for a number of key child protection measures.  All school personnel are obliged to follow the Department of Education & Skills’ Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 (“DES 2017 Child Protection Procedures”).

In addition to duties under the Children First Act, the 2017 Procedures and the DES 2017 Child Protection Procedures, everyone has a duty under the criminal law to report information on certain specified offences against children and vulnerable persons to An Garda Síochána.


Why is Child Protection training important?

Children come into contact with teachers more often than any other profession. That’s why high-quality child protection training in schools is essential to ensure the safe development of our children. It also makes sense from a legal point of view helping close down a school’s liability in the event of a child safeguarding matter arising onsite.

The role of school staff in protecting pupils is vital. Children spend more time teaching and non-teaching staff in school than any other adult group. School personnel are well placed to observe changes in behaviour, lack of development or outward signs of abuse. 


What does this course cover?

This course was designed specifically for schools in Ireland by a team of child protection experts and lawyers. 

Topics covered within this course include:

  • What amounts to abuse and what signs to look out for
  • The duties of a mandated person
  • Responding to possible abuse
  • Acceptable conduct with pupils
  • Bullying & vulnerable children
  • What happens when a case is reported to Tusla

This latest course also features a unit on appropriate behaviour at school to make sure your staff fully understand what is acceptable conduct with pupils in your school and what is not.

These online courses are regularly updated and have been developed using real-life scenarios. The course includes an assessment at the end (with a minimum pass score of 80%), ensuring all staff are kept fully updated with the latest child protection procedures.

By the end of the course, staff will have the knowledge and confidence to play their part inadequately protecting the welfare of pupils in your school.



Our base price is €40 per user, however, economies of scale apply. Special rates apply to members of JMB, ACCS and the ETB's. For more information, please contact a member of our eLearning team today - glen@legal-island.com.

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