Heritage Council


Children First: National Guidance for the Protection & Welfare of Children (2011)

Published by the Dept. of Children & Youth Affairs. This publication is intended to assist people in identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect and deal effectively with concerns. It highlights the roles and responsibilities of the HSE and An Garda SÁochána, which are the two agencies with statutory responsibility for child protection. It also offers guidance to agencies and community and voluntary organisations which have contact with or provide services to children.

Download Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection & Welfare of Children here[PDF 1.2MB].