Child Protection

*New* Children First 2017 


On October 2nd 2017, The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone T.D. launched Children First 2017. The document supersedes Children First 2011 from December 11th 2017, following the full commencement of the Children First Act 2015. 


PDST Programme of Support for Child Protection

Schools will be permitted two separate half-day school closures during the 2017/18 school year to allow time, as a school community, to engage with the revised procedures. These days should take the following format:


Day 1 Schools engage with the 90-minute Universal e-Learning programme developed by Túsla which is available to schools by clicking the link below. This programme was written to support all personnel, regardless of profession, in recognising concerns about children and reporting such concerns, as required. 
Day 2

Schools engage with the dedicated PDST on-line resource to guide them through the revised DES procedures (scheduled to become available early February 2018). Click on the link below to access this resource once it has become available. 



Click on the images below to access the online supports:


In addition to the above school closures, PDST will be facilitating the following supports: 

  • One full-day, face-to-face seminar for Designated Liaison Persons (DLPs) and Deputy Designated Liaison Persons (DDLPs) which will be rolled out in Education Centres commencing January 2018
  • In-school support from PDST, on request, subject to prior engagement with other supports already available to schools and outlined above

​Click on the buttons below to book these supports.




Click on the images below to access the documents
Children First 2017 Child Protection Procedures 2017 Circular 0081.2017




Child Protection Resources 


Child Protection issues are explored in the primary school through various initiatives. The Stay Safe Programme and supporting Teacher Resources, Relationship & Sexuality Education support materials and the Webwise website can all be accessed below. 


Stay Safe Programme (Revised)


Relationships & Sexuality Education