"Child Protection is about promoting the welfare of children who avail of our services and creating a safe environment for both staff/volunteers and young people, where trust and willingness to listen to the young person is foremost."
It is the policy of Youth Work Ireland and our Member Youth Services to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people in our services by protecting them from all forms of abuse. We are committed to providing a safe space for children and young people to grow, develop, learn, and have fun.
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs, published Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children in 2017. These guidelines are intended to assist people in identifying and reporting child abuse and to ensure best practice in child protection in statutory and voluntary agencies. These guidelines are based on the Children First Act 2015.