This workshop is informed by Circular 0081/17 (DES), the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools (DES: 2017) and the Children First document - National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017).

Key responsibilities for teachers with regard to child protection and safety are outlined, including reasonable grounds for concern, mandated persons, threshold of harm, dealing with disclosures, route of referral and procedures for reporting and recording.

This interactive workshop will focus on the classroom environment and classroom planning to support inclusion. NQTs will be given an opportunity to reflect on their own individual values, behaviours and attitudes which will determine inclusive practice in their classrooms. Emphasis will be placed on how to develop strategies to ensure that pupils/students with special educational needs are included.

 This workshop is designed to provide NQTs with an opportunity to explore and reflect on some of the professional issues that may arise for NQTs as they begin their teaching career. Key aspects include the Teaching Council Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers, working with other adults in a professional setting, caring for the voice, getting started with planning and maintaining a work/life balance.