This four hour basic awareness course is the standardised child protection training programme for the youth work sector. It aims to create a basic awareness about the key issues in relation to child protection. It is suitable for volunteers and staff members in youth work organisations.
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 .
One of these responsibilities includes supporting the youth sector to carry out Garda vetting on those involved in working with children and young people.
Who is this guidance document for? This information has been compiled by the NYCI Child Protection Programme for youth work organisations, clubs and projects, and specifically those tasked with ensuring that all staff and volunteers are recruited safely.
This guidance document explains how the Garda vetting process works and it outlines the responsibilities of organisations.
The Child Protection Programme in the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). The
Programme supports youth work organisations to meet their child protection and safeguarding responsibilities.
This act represents an important step forward in children’s rights and protection. For more details see:
The remaining provisions of this legislation are expected to commence before the end of 2017.
This resource Working Safely in a Youth Club is designed to offer guidance to youth leaders on how to provide a safe environment for their young people.
As youth groups are required to have in place child protection policies and procedures, which are fully implemented, this resource assists those working with young people to consider how to develop their safeguarding approach to their work.