Schools wishing to access the PDST ELearning Programmes, please click on the following link www.pdst.ie.

Tá na gCláir ríomh-fhaghlama le fáil anseo www.pdst.ie.
Child Protection

*New* Children First 2017

On October 2nd 2017, The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone T.D. launched Children First 2017. The document supersedes Children First 2011 from December 11th 2017, following the full commencement of the Children First Act 2015.

Publication of new "Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017" - Circular 0081/2017 As per Circular 0081/2017, schools will be permitted two separate half-day school closures during the 2017/18 school year to allow time, as a school community, to engage with the revised procedures and to access the support available. The support available is as follows:

PDST Support

The PDST ELearning Programmes are coming soon in February 2018. Schools may engage with the dedicated PDST on-line resource to guide them through the revised Department of Education Child Protection Procedures for Primary & Post-Primary Schools 2017. Click on the link to access this resource once it has become available.


Schools may engage with the 90-minute Universal e-Learning programme developed by Tusla which is available to schools by clicking the link below. This programme was written to support all personnel, regardless of profession, in recognising concerns about children and reporting such concerns, as required.

Additional supports:

Due to demand the PDST have developed a suite of online presentations and accompanying resources in lieu of face-to-face seminars which cannot take place at present.

This three-part series of E-Learning Presentations closely follows the structure and content of our Child Protection Seminars.

We recommend engagement with all three presentations in sequential order.

There is no need to register. They can be accessed openly on the following link:

Click Here Child Protection E-Learning

Support clarification
letter to schools
TES CP Procedures

Child Safeguarding
Risk Assessment