Children First

Whilst the role of parents is to protect their children, society also has a duty to promote the welfare and safety of children. Everyone should be alert to the possibility that children with whom they are in contact may be being abused or at risk of being abused.

Children First–National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017

Child welfare and protection is everyone’s responsibility. As employees in a recognised agency, we all have very clear roles and responsibilities. These are explained in the Cork CIL Child Protection Policies: Children First–National Guidance for the protection and welfare of children 2017, and other supporting documents listed below. Alternatively, you can request a hard copy, which you can collect from the office.

All staff and volunteers working with Cork CIL must complete An Introduction to Children First Training, available from the Health Service E-Learning and Development website.

If you need help or support, please contact your Co-ordinator or the Designated person for Children First.

Contact the Cork CIL Designated Person for Children First by email:

Pat Beirne

or by phone on:

021 432 2651 or 086 792 9684

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Handling Service Users’ Money

In 2016, we introduced the Supporting Service Users with Financial Transactions and Handling Service Users’ Money Policy (see below) to all Service Users & Personal Assistants (PAs). Following useful feedback from PAs, it has been reviewed and updated.

PAs have been asked to inform the Office if they support any service user with his/her financial transactions, or if they handle Service Users’ money. This includes everything from shopping to supporting them in a bank/credit union/post office, to assistance with online transactions.

It is essential that there is a signed agreement in place for this so we can be confident that we are supporting service users safely by following best practice.

If you have any queries, please email:

Pat Beirne

Please take the time to read the Policy available from the link below:

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Cork CIL Policies and Staff Handbook

The Cork CIL Policies are important. They guide our services and describe what Cork CIL expects of all staff. The Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse Policy (see below) has been updated. This should be read in conjunction with the National Policy (see below). An information session for all PA staff will be announced shortly.

The Cork CIL Staff handbook (see below) has been developed for ALL staff. We will be updating this in 2017. If you have any feedback or ideas please email:

Pat Beirne

In the meantime, you are encouraged to read the Handbook. It forms part of your work agreement with Cork CIL. The Cork CIL Policies and Procedures provide the framework in which we operate. They apply equally to all staff. They are reviewed regularly. Please find below a list of links to the Staff Handbook and a range of Cork CIL Policies. Not all the policies are online. If you cannot see what you are looking for, please contact us directly. We welcome your comments and feedback.

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Time sheets are important. They are a record of hours worked, a record of hours received by a Leader, and your pay is based on the information you submit. Payroll is processed every 2 weeks. Timesheets must be submitted by 5.00 PM of the payroll week (see below). Timesheets can either be submitted by email to:

Cork CIL Timesheets

or by post to:

Cork CIL
1st Floor
Lawley House
Monahan Road
T12 N6PY

but must reach us by the deadline:

Below are links to a short guide to completing timesheets and a blank timesheet for you to download and use:

Mileage and Allowable Expenses

Staff may, on occasion and with PRIOR authorisation, be eligible to claim mileage and some allowable expenses:

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Annual Leave

A short guide to requesting annual leave and public holidays is available below. Please read in conjunction with the Cork CIL Leave Policy and Staff Handbook (see above).

Request forms for annual leave can be emailed to:

Pat Beirne

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VHI Employee Assistance Programme

Cork CIL recognises the pressures all staff and their families experience, and that internal resources are sometimes not appropriate for personal concerns. We also know that it is in everyone’s best interest to ensure that personal and work-related problems are solved as early as possible.

To support staff, Cork CIL offers employees and their families access to the VHI Employee Assistance Programme (VHI-EAP). Through the VHI EAP service, counselling and specialist information services will be available to you and your family. You will be able to talk to a counsellor on the phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can also see a counsellor locally for face-to-face counselling, as long as this is clinically appropriate. The service is completely confidential and nobody will ever know that you have used it unless you choose to tell them. The service is provided by trained and experienced staff that are professionally qualified and bound by the codes of conduct of the professional bodies to which they belong.

Call freephone in the Republic of Ireland:

1800 995 955

or email:

VHI Employee Assistance Programme

For further information on EAP, please read the documents listed below:

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The Bike to Work Scheme

Cork CIL offers a Bike to Work Scheme. For more information please email:

Pat Beirne

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The Haddington Road Agreement

The Haddington Road Agreement (HRA) is a public sector agreement which sets out measures on productivity, cost extraction and reform which together will achieve the targeted pay bill reduction. The Agreement builds on the measures set out in the Public Service Agreement 2010–2014. The full agreement can be easily accessed on line. Download and read the document listed below for a short guide to the impact of the HRA on Cork CIL PA staff:

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