Child Protection

Supporting the youth work sector to safeguard children and young people

The Child Protection Programme is based in the National Youth Council of Ireland and is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

The Child Protection Programme is dedicated to supporting the youth work sector to meet their responsibilities in relation to child safeguarding and protection. The Programme supports the sector through the provision of training, resource materials, support and guidance, and advocacy on behalf of the youth work sector.


Digital Media Literacy Programme for Teens

If you are a youth worker or work with young people, this resource has been developed and adapted with you in mind.

NYCI’s Child Protection Programme is delighted to have worked with Webwise to adapt its “Connected” school programme to provide a resource that contains information, workshops, and practical activities that can be used by youth workers and volunteers in their work with young people.

This resource will aid those working with young people to think critically about how they can engage safely in the online world.

Child Safeguarding Statement

The National Youth Council of Ireland is committed to the protection of children and young people with whom we work and to promoting good practice within our organisation.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a concern about a young person it is very important that you take one of the following actions:

Report your concern to your designated liaison person within your organisation

If you do not have a designated liaison person, report directly to your local duty social worker in Tusla, The Child and Family Agency.

In an emergency or if a social worker is not available, contact your local An Garda Siochana.

All youth organisations have a responsibility and a duty of care for the protection and well being of the young people with whom they work. There are a number of measures that youth organisations must put in place to safeguard children from harm. These include the following:

A child protection policy and code of behaviour, a named designated liaison person, a safe recruitment and selection process for employees and volunteer which includes Garda vetting, procedures for dealing with allegations, supervision, support and training in child protection and safeguarding for all staff, volunteers and management.

For the youth work sector please see the training section of this website.

However, if you are outside of the youth work sector please contact your national governing body or Tusla for information on accessing appropriate child protection training.

For information on Garda vetting please see the National Vetting Bureau of An Garda Siochana

Alternatively you can contact the National Vetting Bureau of An Garda Siochana

Tel: +353 (0)504 27300

Web safety in Youth Work

The information in this resource is designed to highlight the key issues to be considered when working online with young people and to sign post to other resources that can support youth work organisations to work safe online with young people.

Online safety & awareness in Youth Work

The Child Protection Programme has developed a new free eLearning to support the youth work sector to help keep young people safe online.

This e-Learning introduces youth workers and volunteers to key topics in online safety, and addresses the challenges that young people may face online. It explores the importance of digital awareness in your role and the ways you can support young people to be safer online.

Child Protection Training

Online Safety and Awareness in Youth Work E-Learning Course

The Child Protection Programme in the National Youth Council of Ireland supports the youth work sector to meet their child protection and safeguarding responsibilities. This eLearning introduces youth workers and volunteers to key topics in online safety, and addresses the challenges that young people may face online.

Information Session for Boards of Management on Children First

This information session is provided by the NYCI Child Protection Programme upon request to Boards of Management in the Youth Sector. It is not a training, but a 1-hour information session to support Boards of Management to familiarise themselves more broadly with child safeguarding and child protection.

Child Protection Awareness Programme

This training programme is aimed at staff and volunteers in the youth sector, working with young people with general responsibilities in relation to safeguarding, but who do not have specific responsibilities in their role in relation to child protection.

Child Protection Publications

Working Safely in a Youth Club

This updated resource Working Safely in a Youth Club is designed to offer guidance to youth leaders on ways in which they can provide a safe […]

CHILDREN FIRST – A Guide to the Implementation of Children First in the Youth Work Sector

This guidance document has been written for those who are working and volunteering in the youth work sector. It is essential for all of us who […]

Coco’s Law – infographic

NYCI’s Youth Health and Child Protection Programmes have created an infographic to help you understand Coco’s Law – The Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Act […]