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An Introduction to Children First

The HSE have developed an eLearning programme 'An Introduction to Children First'. This has been developed with the assistance of our Colleagues in the Child & Family Agency, is approved by the HSE, the Department of Health and the Inter Departmental Over-Sight Group of the Irish Government.

Who should undertake the Children First E-Learning programme?

It is HSE policy that all HSE staff, staff of HSE Funded Services and of HSE Contracted Services should have a basic awareness of Children First by completing this e-Learning module. The training is free of charge and a HSE email address is not required to register with HSeLanD.

This training is the mandatory and refresher training for all HSE staff (permanent, agency, locum or visiting), students and volunteers, irrespective of role or grade must complete.After registering on HSeLanD, click on “My Learning” and type “Children First” in the search box to locate the programme.

How long is the programme?

The e-Learning programme lasts approximately one and a half hours. The module was designed with varying ability levels in mind and can be launched through www.hseland.ie. HSeLanD can be accessed on any smart phone, tablet or PC, making the module accessible at work or in a public space such as a library/education centre or on a home computer. The programme is narrated and includes video scenes. It is interactive and prompts the viewer to move on to the next steps, making it is easy to navigate.

Do I get a certificate on completion of the e-learning module?

When you have successfully completed the module and passed the assessment you will receive a certificate of completion which you should forward to your line manager. It is recommended that this certificate should be retained on the individual personnel file to meet regulatory requirements of the HIQA, the NMBI or other relevant bodies. Your certificate will be valid for three years. The module can be taken again after three years as refresher training and you will be issued with a new certificate on successful completion of the module.

What happens if I fail the assessment?

You can re-take the assessment several times until you achieve the pass rate. If you have difficulty understanding the information in the module, please ask your line manager for support and help. You can also contact the HSE Children First National Office by telephone or by e-mail: childrenfirst@hse.ie.