Child Protection & Welfare Practice Handbook

This publication was launched by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Ms. Frances Fitzgerald in November on behalf of the HSE.

The HSE states in in this Handbook that it has been written as a practice resource to support best practice in front-line child protection and welfare work. It is designed to be a companion volume and to complement Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2011) and sets out the key issues in the areas of recognising abuse, responding to referrals, risk factors, assessment, planning and intervention. It is written primarily for HSE Children and Family Services’ Social Work practitioners, with Section 2 of the Handbook dedicated to allied professionals and volunteers who work with children and their families. It will be of use to the whole spectrum of agencies and services that are directly or indirectly involved in the protection and welfare of children.

You can access a copy of Children First, Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook and supporting material by visiting: