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      Children and Families Social
                Services

IPPN Briefing Day

Caroline Cullen
National specialist
Education, Training, Research and Policy
Children and Families Social Services
                     HSE

                    Children and
                      Families
                   Social Services




Child Protection     Alternative     Family
 and Welfare            Care         Support
                                   Structures
                                                  OMCYA




                                   National HSE



                   Nat                                   Reg. CFSS
                                                                              Other agencies
                  CFSS                                 Steering Groups



Education, Training,        National              Local          Children‟s Services
Research and Policy      Advisory Group      Steering Groups         Committees


                                                        Social Work Teams
               Regional Reps/
                                                         Service Delivery
                   ETRP
           Core Policy Documents
 “The Agenda for Children‟s Services”
  (OMC&YA, 2007)
 “Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection &
  Welfare of Children”
  (DOHC, 1999 and OMCYA, 2010)
 “Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, 2009
  Implementation Plan”
  (OMCYA, 2009)
             Children First Training

“Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection
and Welfare of Children” (OMCYA, 2010)

Children First should be uniformly and consistently implemented
throughout the state
(OMCYA Ryan Implementation Plan Action 89)
The Protection and Welfare
       of Children

             Fran O‟Grady
    Child Care Training Co-ordinator
            HSE South East

           IPPN Briefing Day

            8th September 2010
            Tullamore, Co Offaly
 Responsibilities for Protecting
          Children
Who is responsible for the welfare and
protection of Children?
 Parents and Families
 Community
 HSE
 Gardaí
 Schools
 Other Agencies
       Legislative/Policy Context
   Child Care Act 1991

   Children First National Guidelines 1999 and
    2010 (revised)

   Findings from inquiries, audits, inspections, etc

   New HSE policies, for example: role of all HSE
    staff; duty Social Work system; Child Protection
    Conferences
 Children First: National Guidelines for
the Protection and Welfare of Children
   Children First 1999
   Revised 2010 (not operational)
   Small changes to reflect new legislation, policy and
    procedures
   Changes in relation to schools‟ reporting responsibilities,
    minor – Section 4.7 Roles and Responsibilities of
    Schools
   New Paragraph 4.7.5 re DES guidelines 2001
   Main aim of DES guidelines “to give direction and
    guidelines to school management and staff ….. with the
    protection and well being of the child being the most
    important consideration 4.7.5
             Children First 2010
    Key Messages: Summary Guidance
 Children should be protected from abuse and neglect
 The welfare and protection of children is of paramount
  importance
 Everyone is responsible for the protection and welfare of
  children
 If concerned about a child, report without delay to the
  Social Work Department
 Report in person, in writing or by telephone
 Before making a formal report, you can discuss concerns
  with Social Work Department
 Where child is in immediate danger (emergency) and
  you cannot contact Social Work Dept, contact Gardai
     Children First: Key Role of
             Teachers
 Teachers  particularly well placed to
  observe and monitor children for signs of
  above
 Main carers to children outside family
  context
 General duty of care in relation to
  protecting children from harm
                         Children First 1999 – 6.8.1
                         Children First 2010 – 4.7.3
  DES Child Protection Guidelines
      and Procedures 2001
 To  be used in conjunction with Children
  First
 Clear guidelines for reporting
 Role of DLP
 Recording
 Suspicion of abuse by school employee
 School participation at Child Protection
  Conferences
Informal Consultation with HSE
 DLP‟s  can consult informally with HSE
  Social Worker to discuss concerning
  information and seek advice on whether
  reasonable grounds for reporting concerns
  exist
 Identifying details of child need not be
  given at this stage
 Make written report If the Social Worker
  indicates that this is necessary
 Legal Protection for Reporting
           for Persons Reporting Child
 Protection
 Abuse Act 1998:
     Immunity from civil liability to any person
      reporting suspected child abuse „reasonably
      and in good faith‟
     Report to HSE designated Officer or An
      Garda Siochana
     Protection for employees from penalisation for
      reporting
     New offence of false reporting of child abuse
Legal Protection for Reporting 2
   Qualified Privilege:
       Common law qualified privilege provides protection
        when reporting outside terms of Protection for
        Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act
       Applies where person making report has a duty to do
        so, or right or interest to protect child, eg in loco
        parentis
       Report must be made to person with similar right,
        duty or interest
       Covers employee or member BoM reporting to DLP
        or chair BoM
       Privilege only displaced where it is established that
        the person is reporting maliciously
             HSE Local Structures
 Local Health Office area (formerly known as Community
  Care Area)
 Principal Social Worker manages Social Work
  Department
 Number of SW teams within SW Dept each managed by
  a Social Work Team Leader
 Example of SW Teams
       Duty, Referral, Assessment
       Child Protection and Welfare
       Fostering
       Children in Care
   Child Care Manager has overseeing role; chairs Child
    Protection Conferences
Difficulties experienced by schools
          in making reports?
 Making  contact with SW Department
 Getting feedback following making a report
 Being kept updated
 Attending Child Protection Conferences
 Teacher‟s role with parents
 School‟s expectations of SW Department
 SW Department‟s expectations of schools

				
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