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Members' update: recent provisions collated

Provisions will be of interest to members

IACP has assembled recent provisions that will be of interest to members. If there are any queries, please contact  Head Office.

Press release from Minister Zappone (above)  announcing the commencement of remaining provisions of Children First Act 2015 on 11th December 2017 (1)

 Latest edition of Children First Guidance 2017, published 2nd October and which will supersede 2011 document from 11th December 2017 (2);

 Page from Tusla's website, introducing various materials it has on website to assist organisations with their obligations under CFA 2015 (3);

 Guidance from Tusla on how to develop a Child Safeguarding Statement (4);

 A full list of "relevant services" under the CFA 2015 (5);

 Best Practice Principles for developing CF Training Programmes (6);

 Short Guide for Reporters - when to report concerns to Tusla (7);

 A full list of those who are "mandated persons" under CFA 2015 (8)

  A link to their free online e-learning programme about Children First (9):




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Timeframe for statutory registration


Draft regulations to designate the professions of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and to establish a registration board will be ready for submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas for their approval during the present session, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has told the Dail.


The Minister recently concluded a public consultation on  his proposal to regulate counsellors generally under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.


On foot of the consultation process, He has decided to proceed with the designation of two distinct professions under the Act, that of counsellor and psychotherapist. Each will have its own register under one registration board. This decision has been communicated to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, the relevant professional bodies and all the respondents to the public consultation process.


Subject to the approval of the Houses, the next step will be the appointment of the 13 members of the registration board, following the submission of suitable candidates for the Minister's consideration, by the Public Appointments Service. The aim is that the registration board will be in a position early in the New Year to begin the task of drafting the various bye-laws to allow it to establish its registers.



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