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Addressing the child protection needs of the youth work sector.

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NUIM Certificate in Child Protection and Welfare

NYCI’s Child Protection Programme  is now inviting applications for the  2015/2016 Certificate in Child Protection and Welfare which is accredited by Maynooth University.

Please find the course information brochure and application form attached.  The course will run over fifteen days (five three day blocks) starting in September 2015  and ending in May 2016.


The Child Protection Programme is based in the National Youth Council of Ireland and is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Our approach to this work includes:

  • Building the capacity of youth organisations to safeguard and protect their children and young people.
  • Developing and delivering child protection trainings to staff and volunteers at  all levels of responsibility in a youth work organisation.
  • Providing access for small youth work organisations to the Garda Vetting Unit through membership of the Youth Work Garda Vetting Consortium.
  • Advocating on behalf of the youth work sector for measures which safeguard and protect children and young people .

Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children, 2011, states clearly that:

All organisations involved with children have an obligation to provide them with the highest possible standard of care in order to promote their well being and safeguard them from abuse”.  - CF 4.7.1

 Updates on National Child Protection Policy and Legislation

The Child Protection Programme Team

National Child Protection Manager: Olive Ring  (

Garda Vetting Administrator : Geraldine Mahon (