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 with 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 is part of our unique, two-year Child Protection training plan and was designed specifically for schools in Ireland by a team of child protection experts and lawyers. It covers:
- 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.
This training plan includes two courses; a fundamentals course followed by a review and upskill course (12 months later). These online courses are regularly updated and have been developed using real-life scenarios. Each 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 in adequately 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.
Here's what your peers say about our Child Protection Training:
"An excellent way of ensuring that all staff are up-to-date with this important aspect of school life. It is a fantastic initiative, it is simple to use and provides participants with certification, along with regular re-validation."
Paul Burke, Principal, Carrigaline Community School, Cork
"I found this eLearning module very useful for clarifying procedures for teachers. It is of high quality, easy to use and the interactive exercises are user-friendly, thought-provoking and at times quite challenging. The ability to keep a training record is also an excellent feature - I highly recommend this eLearning module."
Raymond McHugh, Principal, McCartan's College, Monaghan
'The eLearning Child Protection and Welfare of Children course was great, in that it was applicable to all staff, took a short time to complete, the theory of the course was extremely relevant and concise which dealt with practical scenarios and possible real-life situations. This eLearning course was interactive and informed the staff of the do's and more importantly about the don'ts when faced with student child protection and welfare issues. The online assessment part of the course took no less than ten minutes to complete and an online certificate was automatically generated upon successful completion of the module! The completion of the eLearning course created meaningful learning conversations among all staff around areas of child protection and welfare.'
Mary O'Donnell, Deputy Principal, St Mary's Holy Faith, Glasnevin