An Introduction to Children First
This is an online E-learning programme about the responsibilities of all HSE staff, students
and volunteers under Children First.
Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2011) is the
National Guidance which promotes the safety and well-being of all children. Children First
states that “protecting children from harm is everyone’s responsibility”. The HSE has a
responsibility under Children First to ensure that all staff members or volunteers are aware
of how to recognise signs of child abuse or neglect and how to make a report to the Child
and Family Agency (Tusla).
Who should undertake the Children First E-Learning programme?
It is HSE policy that all HSE staff, staff of HSE Funded Services and HSE Contracted Services
should have a basic awareness of Children First by completing this E-Learning module. The
training is free of charge and a HSE email address is not required.