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​The revised Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children was published in July 2011.  It provides greater clarity and guidance for individuals and organisations in identifying and responding appropriately to child abuse and neglect and emphasises the importance of multi-disciplinary, inter-agency working in the management of reports of alleged abuse and full co-operation to ensure better outcomes for children and families.  

In parallel with the development of legislative proposals to put Children First on a statutory footing, significant work has been undertaken to achieve full and consistent implementation of the revised Guidance.  The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has established a Children First Implementation Inter-Departmental Group (CFIDG) to bring central government oversight to the implementation process.  The direct responsibility for implementation rests at organisation level in line with the Guidance and the proposed legislation.  

Each Department represented on the Group has prepared a Children First Sectoral Implementation Plan.   These Implementation Plans are designed to be high level documents setting out implementation requirements for the parent Department and for agencies under its aegis which have contact with children and young people.  The Plans set out the mechanisms in place, or to be put in place, to support the continued implementation of Children First Guidance at sectoral level. They are for a period of one year, at which time they will be reviewed.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection’s Children First Sectoral Implementation Plan can be accessed here.

Last modified:27/08/2013

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