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Support and Advocacy

The Child Protection Programme offers support and general assistance to the youth work sector through:

Guidance in the development of an organisation’s child protection policy and/or code of behaviour.

NYCI's Child Protection Programme can give guidance and support to organisations who are developing or reviewing their child protection policies and procedures.  All child protection policies must be based on the publication:

HSE Children First National Guidance 2011

Youth work organisations who need support reviewing their child protection policies can download the NYCI Policy Toolkit: PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE.
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Guidance in the development of good recruitment practices in an organisation:

The Child Protection Programme can give advice, support and training to an organisation on best practice in developing safe recruitment procedures and systems, including Garda vetting.

For more information please see the vetting section of this website for information on the implications of the vetting legislation.

Guidance in the development of safe practices in an organisation.

The Child Protection Programme can offer guidance to volunteers, youth leaders, managers and members of board of management in developing safe practice while working with young people. This can delivered through individual organisational support, training and resource publications.


For more information please see our resource Working Safely in a Youth Club:

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The Child Protection Programme advocates on behalf of the youth work sector through:

  • Consultation with the youth work sector on child protection issues
  • The development of key advocacy positions that may impact on the effective running of youth  organisations.
  • Making submissions to relevant parties on related topics such as the Children First and Vetting legislation

NYCI's Child Protection Programme Manager currently chairs the Youth Work Sector Children First Implementation Commmittee.