PDST Programme of Support
CLARIFICATION: PDST Programme of Support
The role of the PDST in supporting schools in the implementation of the 2017 Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and the 2017 DES Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools is to provide:
A. Two eLearning programmes for school personnel, designated liaison persons (DLPs) and deputy designated liaison persons (DDLPs) as follows:
i) Child Protection Procedures for all School Personnelis a 2 hour eLearning programme for all school personnel.
The purpose of this programme is to outline the role of all school personnel in dealing with child protection concerns and disclosures.
ii) Risk Assessment and the development of Child Safeguarding Statement is a 1 hour eLearning programme specifically to assist DLPs and DDLPs with the risk assessment process and the creation of a Child Safeguarding Statement using the DES templates.
Both of the above will be available from early February 2018. Schools are permitted to close for 2 half days to facilitate engagement with the online material
B. Face to Face 1 day seminars for DLPs and deputy DDLPs.
These nationwide seminars are to bring DLPs and DDLPs through the 2017 Children First National Guidance and the 2017 DES Child Protection Procedures. The seminars will specifically focus on the role and responsibilities of the DLP including liaising with external agencies, supporting staff, reporting to Tulsa, communications with the Board/parents, curriculum implementation etc.
The seminars will commence in March 2018.
In light of the new statutory responsibilities and the significant new oversight measures outlined in the DES 2017 Child Protection Procedures, it is strongly recommended that schools engage in both the eLearning programmes and the face to face seminars.
Please note: Whilst PDST has a role in outlining the requirements for schools in the implementation of Children First National Guidance and the 2017 DES Child Protection Procedures, it does not have a role in advising schools or school personnel on child protection concerns and/or disclosures.
All child protection concerns/disclosures must be directed to Tusla (An Garda Síochána in an emergency) for advice or referral. Information and contact details for seeking advice and making referrals can be found at http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/report-a-concern/