05 October 2017

Child Protection Awareness Training - Now Fully Booked.

A Child Protection Awareness Programme training will take place on Saturday 11 November. This is the ideal opportunity for new youth theatre leaders to become more familiar with the area of welfare and child protection. Existing leaders can also refresh their understanding and knowledge. There will be updates on the very latest developments on the day.

Please note: This training is now fully booked. If you are a member and wish to add your name to the waiting list, send an email to info@youththeatre.ie

Date: Saturday 11 November

Venue: The Carmelite Community Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.
Time: 10.30 - 4.30 

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone T.D, announced the Children First legislation will be commenced in its entirety on 11th December 2017. It is increasingly essential that youth theatres and youth drama practitioners are fully aware of the obligations they have for safeguarding the wellbeing of the young people in their groups. Providing training for staff and volunteers is a key obligation for organisations under the legislation. Visit the Tusla website for more information on the requirements for organisations.

The Child Protection Awareness Programme is the recognised awareness programme for the Youth Work Sector and participation helps ensure groups meet their responsibilities in relation to Children First and the National Quality Standards for Youth Groups. The training will be facilitated by Louise Holian, Youth Theatre Ireland's Child Protection and Welfare Officer and Katie Martin, General Manager and child protection trainer.

Topics Covered

The focus will be on the key elements of Child Protection adapted to the specific context of youth theatre including:

  • definitions of child abuse,

  • signs and symptoms of abuse,

  • recruitment & selection of staff/volunteers

  • dealing with disclosures,

  • confidentiality,

  • reporting concerns,

  • codes of behaviour.

There will also be opportunities to discuss practical solutions to some of the challenging situations that youth theatre leaders may come across in their work.

Participants, who complete the training in full will receive a certificate of attendance.

Who is the Training for?

It is aimed at youth theatre leaders (paid or voluntary) and youth drama practitioners who have not previously attended child protection training or feel they need a refresher and to catch up with important recent developments.


This training is now fully booked. If you are a member and wish to add your name to the waiting list, send an email to info@youththeatre.ie

There is no charge to attend the training. Participants must be aged 18 or over. Open to all Youth Theatre Ireland members.


More Information

If you have a question or wish to find out more, contact Louise

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