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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(

Garda Vetting Administrator : Geraldine Mahon (