Training and Information

The Early Years Specific Always Children First programme is a three tier training programme.

Tier One

The Tusla ELearning Programme

This programme should be completed by ALL staff members, students, volunteers and stakeholders in Early Learning and Care Settings. The programme is available here:

Tier Two

The Always Children First Child Safeguarding Awareness Training Foundation Level

Completion of the Tusla ELearning Programme is prerequisite for attending the Always Children First Foundation Level Programme

This is a six hour programme that can be run over one full day or across two, 3 hour sessions. This programme is facilitated by trainers from the City and County Childcare Committees (CCCs), Comhar Naíonraí Na Gaeltachta (CNNG) and Childminding Ireland. This programme is primarily aimed at the Designated Liaison Person (DLP) and Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP) in Early Years and School Aged Services nationally.

Course Contents +


Aim, Learning Objectives, Timetable, Housekeeping (Toilets, Fire Exits, Etc.)
Group Contract, Participant Introductions
Exercise 1: Review of Legislation And Policy Context
Session 1 – Child Centred Practice
Exercise 2: What Is Child Centred Practice?
Exercise 3:Child Centred Practice Scenarios

Coffee/Tea Break

Children’s Rights
Child and Youth Participation &
Exercise 4: Child and Youth Participation in Practice
Exercise 5: Policies and Procedures that Help Create a Safe Environment
Child Safeguarding Statement
Session 2 – Safeguarding in Practice: Awareness Raising and Responding to Concerns
Exercise 7: Attitudes and Values Exercise


Meet Mark &
Exercise 8: Who May Have a Role in Keeping Mark Safe Roles in Safeguarding &
Exercise 9: Group the Roles in Mark’s Story
Principles in Safeguarding
Types of Abuse
Exercise 10: Possible Impact of Abuse on Children
Thresholds – Children First: National Guidance and Children First Act 2015
Exercise 11: Abuse and Concerns in Mark’s Story
Exercise 12: Mark’s Story – Dealing with a Disclosure

Stretch Break

Reporting Child Protection or Welfare Concerns to Tusla
Exercise 13: Mark’s Story– Reporting to Tusla
Mandated Report Threshold Decision
Retrospective Disclosures of Childhood Abuse
Exercise 14: Reasons to Report
What Happens after a Report is Received by Tusla
Closing Circle

Review and Evaluation of Training Programme

Please see the Child First Child Protection revision webinar.  This webinar was developed to highlight the key elements of the face-to-face Always Children First Foundation training. Its purpose is to serve as an interim revision resource for Early Years practitioners during the Covid period.

Tier Three

Coming in 2020

Further information to follow.

Our Trainers

All trainers participate in rigorous training and quality assurance processes to ensure consistency in training nationally and fidelity to the programme.