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Child Protection

Published: 30 July 2019
From: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

The organisations with responsibility for child protection and welfare are:

If you think a child is in immediate danger you should contact An Garda Síochána. You can find details for individual Garda stations here.

If you have concerns about a child's safety or welfare, you should contact the Tusla local social work duty service in the area where the child lives. You can find contact details for local social work services here.

As outlined above, statutory responsibility for child protection rests with Tusla and An Garda Síochána. If a concern regarding the safety and welfare of a child is brought to the attention of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, we are obliged to refer this information to Tusla, or An Garda Síochána, or both.

The Department have no role in the assessment or investigation of any child protection concerns. However, the welfare of children is paramount and the Department have a duty to ensure any concerns or allegations are referred to Tusla or An Garda Síochána. We will refer any concerns or allegations in their entirety and without judgement.

Children First Act 2015

The Children First Act 2015 was enacted on 19th November 2015 and was fully commenced on 11 December 2017.

The Act places additional obligations on providers of certain services to children.

As required by Section 27 of the Act, the Department has prepared a sectoral implementation plan and this is available to download from the link below.

While the Department has very limited direct interaction with children, in order to ensure we meet our obligations under the Act and under Children First Guidelines generally, we have also developed a Child Safeguarding Statement which can be downloaded from the link below.

Child Safeguarding Statement

This Statement details the relevant services provided by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to children and the principles and procedures in place to ensure, as far as practicable, that a child availing of these services is safe from harm.


Children First Sectoral Implementation Plan

This Sectoral Implementation Plan sets out the safeguarding measures being undertaken by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in respect of its relevant services to children.


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