The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has commended Christina Fogarty from Waterford and South Tipperary Community Youth Service who graduated from the 2013 Certificate in Child Protection and Welfare.
The certificate, accredited by NUI Maynooth and delivered in partnership with the NYCI Child Protection programme, is first of its kind in Ireland.
Speaking at the inaugural graduation ceremony held in the Mansion House, Dublin Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs said: “Protecting children is a community effort and everybody working with or in contact with children has a duty to ensure best practice in child protection. I commend the National Youth Council of Ireland for their ongoing leadership in promoting the highest standards of child protection in youth work services including through the training programme we are recognising today.”
Representatives from a range of national organisations working with young people including Scouting Ireland, Foroige, the FAI and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul were awarded the Certificate in Child Protection and Welfare.
Mary Cunningham, NYCI director said: “With over 380,000 young people participating in youth work it is vital that we stay at the forefront when it comes to child protection. The youth work sector has long led the way in this regard, and today’s group of graduates is further testament to the sector’s commitment to ensuring the highest standards of child protection.”
NYCI’s Child Protection Programme builds the capacity of youth organisations to safeguard and protect their children and young people.