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Children First


The HSE has a responsibility under Children First to ensure all staff and volunteers can recognise signs of child abuse and make a report to the Child and Family Agency (Tusla).

An Introduction to Children First’ training is mandatory for all HSE staff.

This includes staff that are:

  • permanent
  • temporary
  • agency
  • locum or visiting

It also includes students and volunteers.


The eLearning module lasts approximately one and a half hours.

How to book

An Introduction to Children First' is an eLearning module available on HSELanD

You can access HSELanD on a smartphone, tablet or PC.

Create a HSELanD account at

If you have difficulty creating an account see

If you're a volunteer, you can register for the training module at

Find the training module on HSELanD by clicking on ‘my learning’ and typing 'children first' in the search box.

If you have difficulty accessing HSELanD contact


You will get a certificate when you have successfully completed the module. You should forward this to your line manager.

You can re-take the module until you achieve the pass rate.

Your certificate is valid for 3 years. You can do refresher training after 3 years and you will get a new certificate.


If you have difficulty understanding the module contact the Children First team at