As you are aware, the Department of Education and Skills issued the Revised Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools in December 2017 underpinned by the revised guidelines ‘Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017’. The PDST therefore was also required to update its range of supports for schools in line with the revised procedures and new guidelines.
All Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) and Deputy Designated Liaison Persons (DDLP) were invited to attend a Child Protection Seminar in local education centres this spring. Due to demand the PDST are facilitating additional seminars this autumn. These seminars will specifically focus on the role and responsibilities of the DLP/DDLP including liaising with external agencies, supporting staff, reporting to Tulsa, communications with the Board of Management /parents, curriculum implementation etc.
It is intended that in advance of this seminar, the DLP and DDLP will have engaged with both of PDST’s E- Learning Programmes
a) Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 - eLearning Programme for All School Personnel (duration 1.5 hours)
b) Risk Assessment and the Development of Child Safeguarding Statement (duration 1 hour) in preparation for the training. These are available at www.pdst.ie/ChildProtection
Places on this seminar (based on the Revised Procedures) are strictly reserved for DLPs and DDLPs only. Please note: these seminars are identical to those delivered in the spring. Places will be prioritized for those unable to secure a place at that time.
The Department of Education and Skills will facilitate substitute cover where necessary.
You may wish to look at the child protection section of our website at www.pdst.ie/childprotection
. It contains relevant documentation as well as the ELearning Programmes which you may find useful for sharing with staff.
We request that you bring your own copy of the Revised Child Protection procedures to the training day. These are available on www.pdst.ie/childprotection
or at 094-9020708.