Digital Capacity-building Workshops

  • 13 - 27 January 2021, 10am - 1pm
  • Online via Zoom
  • Tickets: Free

Children’s Books Ireland and Poetry Ireland are working in partnership to design and host a series of capacity-building webinars for artists who are delivering online programmes to children and young people. 

These workshops are designed to assist and support writers and illustrators in their work and have been made possible with support from The Arts Council Capacity Building Support Scheme. The workshops are free to attend.

Children’s Books Ireland and Poetry Ireland are committed to supporting artists in the development of their practice and their working conditions. These workshops will be repeated, in February and March, with dates to be announced and tickets made available in January 2021. 

Module 1: Wednesday 13 January, 4pm to 7pm 
Technical and Aesthetics Training Workshop with Muireann Ni Chíobháin 
Capacity: 20

This module covers the essentials that children’s artists and writers require for planning, producing, editing and delivering high quality digital events for young audiences. The webinar will focus on both technical know-how and performance skills, with facilitator Muireann Ní Chíobháin addressing the practical knowledge required to adapt to working with young audiences online. 

Participants will leave the training with the skills to identify their performance strengths and the confidence to adapt their events to showcase their work as effectively as possible on video and online. In addition, they will have increased technical know-how to shoot, edit and package the product, including designing and producing bespoke resources to support the digital event. 

Note: if you attended the pilot Digital Events Training for Children’s Artists in September you are not eligible to attend this event as the content will be replicated. 

Module 2: Wednesday 20 January, 10.00 am 
Child Protection and Safeguarding Webinar with Theresa Barnett and Fardus Sultan
Capacity: 50

This webinar will run in two parts, with the first session focused on the Children First Programme and Safeguarding Children in the Arts. 

This will include: 

• An overview of the Children First Programme.   
• An exploration of the context of safeguarding children in the arts.
• Review, exploration and elaboration on Poetry Ireland/Children’s Books Ireland Safeguarding Statements and Codes of Behaviour for artists working with children and young people.  
• This will be an introductory workshop on Child Protection issues in Ireland. Participants will be introduced to TUSLA’s e-Learning Tool. This e-Learning tool provides a certificate of completion from a nationally recognised programme and some schools/libraries and organisations now require a copy of the certificate of completion which they keep on file. 

Note: Even if you have completed this in the past, the programme has now been updated and should be repeated.

The second part of this webinar will focus on cybersafety, in particular addressing child safety issues as those engaging with young audiences move their work and resources online. This part of the module will draw on emerging research in the area and safety concerns when working with young audiences online. Issues covered include: privacy, confidentiality, access and management of content, age-appropriate content, capturing and dissemination of information, parental consent/children’s assent, social media and follow-up procedures.

Module 3: Wednesday 27 January
Managing Online Content Workshop with Fardus Sultan
Capacity: 20 

This module will look at:

• Hosting video content on external platforms (Vimeo, etc.), 
• Issues around intellectual property and ownership of online content 
• Hosting, protecting & sharing online content 
• Payment for, and time limiting of, shared content. 

This module will take the form of a knowledge exchange, drawing on the experiences and issues of participants to explore and share solutions which will then be shaped by Poetry Ireland and Children’s Books Ireland into recommendations and examples of good practice in this area. 


• All workshops will take place via Zoom. 
• Capacity on each workshop/webinar is strictly limited. 
• Further workshops will be announced in January, to run in February and March 2021. 
• It is not obligatory to sign up to  all three workshops/webinars, participants are welcome to register for one, two or three. 

Terms and conditions:

• There is a waiting list function and anyone placed on the waiting list will be accommodated on a first come first served basis if there are any cancellations.
• As capacity is strictly limited, if you cannot attend a module you have signed up for please let us know as waiting lists are in place. 
• Participants will be asked to complete a pre- and post-workshop/webinar survey. This is to evaluate the content and provide recommendations for future workshops. Further details will be provided upon sign-up.