The Children First Act 2015 was fully enacted in December 2017. The Children First Guidelines from 2011 have been updated to The Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children, 2017.
The Adoption Authority is a relevant organization Under the Children First Act 2015. The Children First Act together with the Guidelines requires that each Relevant Organisation ensures that children are safe from harm while using their services. Each relevant organisation carries out a Risk Assessment to identify whether a child or young person could be harmed when using the services; and has a Child Safeguarding Statement outlining the policies and procedures that are in place to manage identified risks.
A delegated Relevant Person or designated liaison person is to be the first point of contact in relation to the Child Safeguarding Statement and all matters of child protection. The Act and Guidelines also specifies Mandated Persons to formally report child welfare or protection concerns to Tulsa the Child and Family Agency. Tusla (Child and Family Agency) has an online portal for Mandated reporters which is: www.tusla.ie/children-first/web-porta. Training for all staff in a relevant organisation is carried out by the organisation’s relevant person.
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Children First Child Protection Officer for the Adoption Authority is Katie Harrigan, Senior Social Work Practitioner, Tel 01 2309 318 firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Designated Child Protection Officer, Ms. Ciara Kinsella, Social Worker Tel 01 2309 341 email@example.com
Garda vetting is a vital part of ensuring the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults. Since 2012 legislation requires mandatory vetting, prior to employment, of employees with access to children and vulnerable adults. The Adoption Authority of Ireland is registered with the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) for this purpose.
The Adoption Authority provides services directly to adults, through the National Adoption Contact Preference Register, the matching of Irish families with children in Ireland and abroad and through the duty telephone line. It is the policy of the Adoption Authority that all staff undergo Garda vetting and this is updated on a regular basis.