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National Children First Awareness Week ran from 1 - 7 November 2021. The aim of the week was to raise awareness of Children First and remind wider society, including organisations working with children and young people, of our collective responsibility to keep them safe in our communities.

Children First promotes the protection of children from abuse and neglect, by setting out what individuals and organisations need to do to keep children safe, and how to deal with concerns about a child’s safety or welfare.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of communities and organisations working together. With the resumption of many services, clubs and groups, organisations working with children and young people are being reminded of their responsibilities under the Children First Act 2015.

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There are many organisations and individuals who work together, and with families and communities, to safeguard children and young people. Juliette (Public Health Nurse), RuairĂ­ (Social Worker) and Susan (Detective Garda) speak about how Children First guides them in their roles to help keep children safe.