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HSE National Policy

HSE Child Protection and Welfare Policy Part B Development Cycle

Topic: Child protection and welfare
Document Owner: Hse children first lead
National Group: Children first national office
Effective From: 01 January 2019
Ensure that every child/young person availing of and or attending our service is safe and protected from harm (physical/emotional/ sexual abuse or neglect).

The Children First Act 2015 places legal responsibilities in protection of children from harm. The Policy promotes safe environments for children and young people; provide clarity and support to staff in relation to their roles and responsibilities to be taken if they have a child protection or welfare concern. It is one of a suite of safeguarding policies in the HSE that serve to provide strong protections to children and young people against the risk of harm duty of care.