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Children First Bill 2014

Following the publication of the Children First Bill on Monday 14th of April , please find NYCI’s Child Protection Programme  Summary Document

Please note: The draft Children First Bill is now ready to begin its passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas and the provisions in the Bill are open to some amendment.We understand that it is likely that this legislation will not be commenced in the next 18 months


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 (

Websafety in Youth Work - Dublin Training

15 September, 2014

This 3.5 hour course is designed to raise awareness among youth leaders about young people’s online life , to identify on line risks and opportunities and to deal with cyberbullying.

This training is supported by the free online resource website for youth workers
Venue: Carmelite Centre, Dublin 2

Price: €50



Submission on the Children and Family Relationships Bill

Following the recent publication of the General Scheme of a Children and Family Relationships Bill on the 30th January 2014, we are very pleased to have the opportunity to submit our considerations on this important legislation.

Children First Bill

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) was invited to present to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children in April 2012 to respond to the Heads of the Children First Bill published by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald.

NYCI raised a number of issues about the implications of the Bill, in particular for those who work in the youth work sector, including:

  • The importance of clarity around reporting thresholds
  • Provision for volunteers and affiliated groups or regionally structured organisations
  • Linking of forthcoming Garda vetting legislation

Download full text of presentation to the Oireachtas Committee. (PDF)

This presentation was followed up with a more comprehensive Submission to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on the bill.

Download NYCI's Final Submission on the Children First Bill (PDF)