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The passing of Children First legislation in November 2015 requires organisations providing services to children to have a Child Safeguarding Statement which outlines policy and procedures in relation to child protection.
 
It places an obligation on professionals to report any child protection or welfare concerns to TUSLA the Child and Family Agency and if necessary to assist TUSLA in their investigations following a report. This legislation also contains an amendment to remove the defence of reasonable chastisement from common law.
 
The legislations places elements of the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children on a statutory footing.