Child Protection


1. Garda Vetting

There is a current requirement under the Childcare (Pre-School Services) (No 2) Regulations 2006 and succeeding Childcare Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 to ensure appropriate vetting of all students, staff and volunteers who have access to a child.  Alongside this, the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016, which commenced April 29th 2016, also provides a legislative basis for the mandatory vetting of any person whose work consists of having contact or access to children or vulnerable people.

The Garda Vetting Unit is now known as the National Vetting Bureau (NVB). An online e-vetting service will aslo commence shortly. Information on the National Vetting Bureau can be accessed here:


Please contact the relevant organisations who are registered with the National Vetting Bureau for details on this process:

For all registered members of Early Childhood Ireland:

Early Childhood Ireland, Hainault House, Belgard Square Tallaght D24

T: 01 4057100  ¦ E: ¦ Website


For all other early years services:

Barnardos’ Vetting Service, Blackmore House, Meade Street, Cork

T: 021 4547060 ¦ E: ¦ Website


2. Child Protection Training

Since 2014 the TUSLA ‘Always Children First Child Safeguarding Awareness Training for Organisations – Foundation Level’  has replaced the previous ‘Keeping Safe’ child protection course for the early years sector.The new course is delivered by Childcare Committees and a number of Voluntary Childcare Organisations. This is the offical training course for the early years sector.

The is the first level of child protection training to be offered by TUSLA.
  • Over the next three years training will be offered to all early years workers (including childminders).
  • A small charge will apply to cover venue costs.
  • Training for Designated Liaison Persons will be rolled out at a later stage.


  • A Certificate of Attendance will be given on course completition.


Courses are delivered regularly in Dún Laghaire Rathdown. Check upcoming training.

Learn more about the Child Welfare and Protection Training

Child Protection Information for Parents