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Safeguarding and Child Protection

The EA Child Protection Support Service (CPSS)

The Child Protection Support Service (CPSS) was first established in April 2006 and is part of the Education Authority’s Children & Young People’s Services Directorate. The service is managed by a Head of Service and there are Designated Officers for Child Protection based in each of the five EA offices. 

The office contact number is:

02895 985590

CPSS provides the following services:

  • A daily advice and support helpline in response to any safeguarding/child protection concerns which arise in schools, Education Other Than At School (EOTAS) centres, the EA Youth Service and other EA services.
  • Advice and guidance concerning the development, implementation and review of safeguarding/child protection policies within schools, EOTAS centres, EA Youth centres and other EA services.
  • Advice and support to schools and EA services in relation to safeguarding issues identified by the Education & Training Inspectorate (ETI) during their inspection of safeguarding arrangements.
  • Advice to EA Human Resource managers dealing with allegations of abuse against members of staff and where there are safeguarding concerns in respect of the potential employment of EA staff or individuals employed by contracted services.
  • Training for staff with designated safeguarding responsibilities in schools (the Safeguarding team), EOTAS centres and EA Youth Service centres.
  • Child Protection awareness training  for staff in other relevant EA services and specified contracted services.
  • The completion of reports for the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) in accordance with the Case Management Review (CMR) provisions of the Safeguarding Board Act (NI) 2011.
  • The issue of performance licences for children of statutory school age involved in  entertainment (film, television, radio, musicals, dance, drama etc) and the approval, registration and training of chaperones who are required to safeguard children in entertainment. See the Children in Entertainment and Employment Team (CEET) page for further details.
  • The issue of employment permits for children of statutory school age who are in employment. See the Children in Entertainment and Employment Team (CEET) page for further details.

All staff who work in educational settings have a responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children and young people and the following resources may provide helpful information and guidance. The resources should be of particular relevance to those who have designated safeguarding/child protection responsibilities in schools, EOTAS centres and in the EA Youth Service.

  • Adobe PDF Document
  • Circular 2006/08 [pdf / 30KB] Guidance for schools on the requirement for child protection training in relation to interviewing and selection panels
  • Adobe PDF Document
  • Circular 2012/19 [pdf / 87KB] Guidance for schools and employing authorities on changes to pre-employment checking and safer recruitment practices
  • Adobe PDF Document
  • Circular 2013/25 [pdf / 286KB] eSafety Guidance – provides information and guidance on eSafety within the context of the new C2k contract, Education Network (NI) and in relation to non-C2k networks
  • Adobe PDF Document
  • Report an image or video [pdf / 261KB] Removing an online image or video Childline is working with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) to help young people who want to remove sexually explicit images of themselves from the internet. Young people can use the Childline portal to anonymously verify their identity using the Yoti app, and then submit their application to the IWF to have the image removed wherever it appears on the internet.

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Drugs and Guidance



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Relationships and Sexuality



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The revised guidance has been updated to reflect new legislation, technological advances and societal changes which affect how schools deal effectively with these sensitive issues.

The new guidance outlines the current issues and provides a useful context for how these important areas should be addressed within schools and why. It will also help schools create a meaningful policy for RSE and help principals and teachers manage potentially challenging situations.

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The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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