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FULLY BOOKED Children First Training

  • St Andrews Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse Street
  • Registration 1.30, Event 2.00 - 5.00pm
  • 25 Oct 2016

Price €5 members/€15 non-members

Facilitated by Mary J Egan, Principal Social Worker, Workforce Learning and Development, TUSLA


Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children

Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2011) is the key policy and practice Guidance Document for the care, protection and welfare of children in the Irish State. The Children First Act (2015) has placed certain elements of Children First (2011) on a statutory footing and the Children First Act (2015) forms part of a suite of child protection legislations (some enacted, some partially enacted and some awaiting enactment)  which also include: The Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences Against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012, The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012, The Children’s Referendum 2012, The Children and Family Relationship Act 2015, Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 and the Domestic Violence Bill (2015. It is expected that further implementation of the Children First Act (2015) will occur in January 2017 and most particularly the provision for persons mandated to report suspected child abuse and neglect. Social Workers in all services and agencies carry key responsibility for child care, protection and welfare concerns. Hence it is important that Social Workers have clarity and understanding of the provisions and key professional and organisational responsibilities of Children First.


Objectives of this 3 Hour Workshop

1)    To familiarise participants with Children First 2011 – this will include the categories, signs and symptoms of Child Abuse

2)    To advise participants of the key responsibilities of Children First 2011 – this will include an understanding of roles, responsibilities, duties and reporting child abuse concerns

3)    To advise the current situation in relation to the further enactment of Children First 2015

4)    To understand the need for inter – professional and inter – agency cooperation.


Facilitator Biography

Mary J Egan is a Principal Social Worker in TUSLA – Child and Family Agency currently assigned to Workforce Learning and Development. She has worked in Social Work for over 30 years – with practice and management experience in the areas of child care, protection and welfare, institutional abuse, fostering and adoption and family support. She has been involved in the design, development and delivery of Children First Multi-disciplinary and Inter-agency training since 2005. She also delivers practice based training in the areas of Attachment Based Practice, Assessment and Analysis (Assessment of Risk/Need) and Practice Development and Support for Newly Appointed Social Workers to TUSLA Child and Family Agency. She is an accredited and practicing Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist and she also works in the area of social work supervision. Her particular areas of interest are relationship based social work practice, working from an attachment based perspective, parental engagement and support in the child protection and welfare process and attachment across the life cycle.