Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment

St Mary’s NS, Saggart. Child Safeguarding Statement

St Mary’s NS is a primary school providing primary education to pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.

In accordance with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017, the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 and Tusla Guidance on the preparation of Child Safeguarding Statements, the Board of Management of St Mary’s NS, Saggart has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.

 

  • The Board of Management has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement

 

  1. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is     Annmarie Lannery

 

  1. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP is     Aoibhin Joyce

 

 

  1. The Board of Management recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of school life and must be reflected in all of the school’s policies, procedures, practices and activities In its policies, procedures, practices and activities, the school will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare:

 

The school will:

  • recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations;
  • fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children;
  • fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters
  • adopt safe practices to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children and protect workers from the necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves open to accusations of abuse or neglect;
  • develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children; and
  • fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.

 

The school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability.

  1. The following procedures/measures are in place:

 

  • In relation to any member of staff who is the subject of any investigation (howsoever described) in respect of any act, omission or circumstance in respect of a child attending the school, the school adheres to the relevant procedures set out in Chapter 7 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 and to the relevant agreed disciplinary procedures for school staff which are published on the DES website.

 

  • In relation to the selection or recruitment of staff and their suitability to work with children, the school adheres to the statutory vetting requirements of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 and to the wider duty of care guidance set out in relevant Garda vetting and recruitment circulars published by the DES and available on the DES website.

 

  • In relation to the provision of information and, where necessary, instruction and training, to staff in respect of the identification of the occurrence of harm (as defined in the 2015 Act) the school-

 

  • Has provided each member of staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
  • Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
  • Encourages staff to avail of relevant training
  • Encourages Board of Management members to avail of relevant training
  • The Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board member training

 

  • In relation to reporting of child protection concerns to Tusla, all school personnel are required to adhere to the procedures set out in the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, including in the case of registered teachers, those in relation to mandated reporting under the Children First Act 2015.

 

  • In this school the Board has appointed the abovenamed DLP as the “relevant person” (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the child safeguarding statement.

 

  • All registered teachers employed by the school are mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015.

 

  • In accordance with the Children First Act 2015, the Board has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while attending the school or participating in school activities. A written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the school’s procedures for managing those risks is attached as an appendix to this statement.

 

  • The various procedures referred to in this Statement can be accessed via the school’s website, the DES website or will be made available on request by the school.

Note:  The above is not intended as an exhaustive list. Individual Boards of Management shall also include in this section such other procedures/measures that are of relevance to the school in question.

 

  1. This statement has been published on the school’s website and has been provided to all members of school personnel, the Parents’ Association (if any) and the patron. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla and the Department if requested.

 

 

  1. This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed annually or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which this statement refers.

 

This Child Safeguarding Statement was adopted by the Board of Management on 25th February 2019.

 

Signed: _________________________                Signed: ____________________________

Chairperson of Board of Management                   Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management

 

Date: 21/10/19

St Mary’s NS, Saggart: Checklist for Review of the Child Safeguarding Statement

 

The Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 require the Board of Management must undertake a review of its Child Safeguarding Statement and that the following checklist shall be used for this purpose. The review must be completed every year or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the Child Safeguarding Statement refers.  Undertaking an annual review will also ensure that a school also meets its statutory obligation under section 11(8) of the Children First Act 2015, to review its Child Safeguarding Statement every two years.

 

The checklist is designed as an aid to conducting this review and is not intended as an exhaustive list of the issues to be considered. Individual Boards of Management shall include other items in the checklist that are of relevance to the school in question.

 

As part of the overall review process, Boards of Management should also assess relevant school policies, procedures, practices and activities vis a vis their adherence to the principles of best practice in child protection and welfare as set out in the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement, the Children First Act 2015 and the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017.

 

Yes/No
  1. Has the Board formally adopted a Child Safeguarding Statement in accordance with the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’?
Yes
  1. As part of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement, has the Board formally adopted, without modification, the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’’?
Yes
  1. Does the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement include a written assessment of risk as required under the Children First Act 2015?
Yes
  1. Has the Board reviewed and updated where necessary the written assessment of risk as part of this overall review?
Yes
  1. Has the DLP attended available child protection training?
Yes
  1. Has the Deputy DLP attended available child protection training?
Yes
  1. Have any members of the Board attended child protection training?
No
  1. Are there both a DLP and a Deputy DLP currently appointed?
Yes
  1. Are the relevant contact details (Tusla and An Garda Síochána) to hand?
Yes
  1. Has the Board arrangements in place to communicate the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement to new school personnel?
Yes
  1. Is the Board satisfied that all school personnel have been made aware of their responsibilities under the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’ and the Children First Act 2015?
Yes
  1. Has the Board received a Principal’s Child Protection Oversight Report at each Board meeting held since the last review was undertaken?
Yes
  1. Since the Board’s last review, was the Board informed of any child protection reports made to Tusla/An Garda Síochána by the DLP?
Yes
  1. Since the Board’s last review, was the Board informed of any cases where the DLP sought advice from Tusla/and as a result of this advice, no report to the HSE was made?
No
  1. Since the Board’s last review, was the Board informed of any cases where an allegation of abuse or neglect was made against any member of school personnel?
No
  1. Has the Board been provided with and reviewed all documents relevant to the Principal’s Child Protection Oversight Report?
Yes
  1. Is the Board satisfied that the child protection procedures in relation to the making of reports to Tusla/An Garda Síochána were appropriately followed in each case reviewed?
Yes
  1. Is the Board satisfied that, since the last review, all appropriate actions are being or have been taken in respect of any member of school personnel against whom an allegation of abuse or neglect has been made?*
Yes
  1. Were child protection matters reported to the Board appropriately recorded in the Board minutes?
Yes
  1. Is the Board satisfied that all records relating to child protection are appropriately filed and stored securely?
Yes
  1. Has the Board been notified by any parent in relation to that parent not receiving the standard notification required under section 5.6  of the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’
No
  1. In relation to any cases identified at question 21 above, has the Board ensured that any notifications required section 5.6 of the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’ were subsequently issued by the DLP?
Yes
  1. Has the Board ensured that the Parents’ Association (if any), has been provided with the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement?
Yes
  1. Has the Board ensured that the patron has been provided with the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement?
Yes
  1. Has the Board ensured that the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement is available to parents on request?
Yes
  1. Has the Board ensured that the Stay Safe programme is implemented in full in the school? (applies to primary schools)
Yes
  1. Has the Board ensured that the Wellbeing Programme for Junior Cycle students is implemented in full in the school? (applies to post- primary schools)
Yes
  1. Has the Board ensured that the SPHE curriculum is implemented in full in the school?
Yes
  1. Is the Board satisfied that the statutory requirements for Garda Vetting have been met in respect of all school personnel (employees and volunteers)? *
Yes
  1. Is the Board satisfied that the Department’s requirements in relation to the provision of a child protection related statutory declaration and associated form of undertaking have been met in respect of persons appointed to teaching and non-teaching positions?*
Yes
  1. Is the Board satisfied that, from a child protection perspective, thorough recruitment and selection procedures are applied by the school in relation to all school personnel (employees and volunteers)?*
Yes
  1. Has the Board considered and addressed any complaints or suggestions for improvements regarding the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement?
Yes
  1. Has the Board sought the feedback of parents in relation to the school’s compliance with the requirements of the child safeguarding requirements of the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’
No
  1. Has the Board sought the feedback of pupils in relation to the school’s child safeguarding arrangements?
No
  1. Is the Board satisfied that the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’ are being fully and adequately implemented by the school?
Yes
  1. Has the Board identified any aspects of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement and/or its implementation that require further improvement?
No
  1. Has the Board put in place an action plan containing appropriate timelines to address those aspects of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement and/or its implementation that have been identified as requiring further improvement ?
Yes
  1. Has the Board ensured that any areas for improvement that that were identified in any previous review of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement have been adequately addressed?
Yes

 

*In schools where the ETB is the employer the responsibility for meeting the employer’s requirements rests with the ETB concerned. In such cases, this question should be completed following consultation with the ETB.

 

 

Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________

 

 

Chairperson, Board of Management

 

Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________

 

Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management

 

 

St. Mary’s NS, Saggart:  Notification regarding the Board of Management’s review of    the  Child Safeguarding Statement

 

 

To:_____________________________________

 

 

The Board of Management of St Mary’s NS, Saggart wishes to inform you that:

 

  • The Board of Management’s annual review of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement was completed at the Board meeting of 25th February 2019.

 

  • This review was conducted in accordance with the “Checklist for Review of the Child Safeguarding Statement” published on the Department’s ‘website www.education.ie

 

  • The names of the DLP and Deputy DLP were changed to take effect from 4/11/19.

 

 

 

Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________

 

 

Chairperson, Board of Management

 

 

Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________

 

Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management

 

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

Written Assessment of Risk of St Mary’s NS, Saggart

In accordance with section 11 of the Children First Act 2015 and with the requirement of Chapter 8 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, the following is the Written Risk Assessment of St Mary’s NS, Saggart.

 

 

1.      List of school activities

 

2.    The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities –

 

 

3.    The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment –

 

·         Child Protection training of School Personnel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Recreation breaks for pupils

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Classroom teaching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         One to one teaching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         School Outings

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Sporting Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Outdoor Teaching Activities

 

 

 

·         School trips involving overnight stays

 

 

 

 

 

·         Use of bus escort

 

 

 

 

·         Use of off-site facilities for school activities

 

 

 

 

·         Fundraising events involving pupils

 

 

 

·         Annual Sport’s Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Use of toilet/changing/shower areas in school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Participation by pupils in religious ceremonies/religious instruction external to the school

 

·         Administration of First Aid

 

 

 

 

 

·         SPHE, Stay Safe, RSE provisions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Prevention and dealing with bullying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Use of external personnel to supplement the curriculum (e.g. violin, swimming, GAA, rugby, golf etc.)

·         Use of external personnel to support sports and other extra-curricular activities  (e.g. cycling)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Care of pupils with specific vulnerabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Recruitment of school personnel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including detention, confiscation of phones etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Use of video, photography and other media to record school events

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Use of ICT in school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Use of school premises by other organisations during the school day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Afterschool use of premises by other organisations

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Students participating in work experience in the school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Use of Aladdin.

 

 

 

·         Accessing personal e-mails on school computers

 

 

·         Children attending assembly in hall (with parents present).

 

Indicators of harm/abuse not being recognised by school personnel.

Harm/abuse not being reported properly and promptly by school personnel

Risk of child being harmed in the school by a member of school personnel

Risk of child being harmed by a volunteer/ parent/ person while child is participating in school activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of harm if child enters classroom unsupervised

Risk of harm if child is late to school

Risk of harm if bullying is happening on yard while children are waiting to be collected by class teacher

Risk of harm if children are collected by someone other than their parents

Risk of harm if Crèche/After school group forget to collect the student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of bullying by other children

Risk of harm caused by lack of supervision

SEN Vulnerabilities

Risk of harm due to intimate care

Risk of harm due to children inappropriately using computers, social media, phones and devices

Risk of harm due to inadequate Code of Behaviour

 

 

Children with SEN have vulnerabilities due to inadequate code of behaviour.

Risk of harm caused by member of school personnel accessing/circulating inappropriate material via social media, texting, digital device or other manner

 

 

 

 

Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationships between child and adult.

Risk for children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of another organisation or other person while participating in out of school activities

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision while attending out of school activities.

 

Risk of a child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff from another organisation or another person while participating in out of school activities.

 

 

 

 

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while attending outdoor activities

 

 

Risk of inappropriate photographs being taken on mobile phones

Risk of harm being caused to a child by a member of school personnel and/or a member of the public

 

 

 

Risk of harm by bus escorts

 

 

 

 

Risk of harm by external personnel

Risk of inadequate supervision of children

 

 

 

 

Risk of harm by external personnel and parents who are volunteering.

 

 

Risk of harm by external personnel and parents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of child being harmed in the school by a member of school personnel, another student or themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of harm by religious personnel & members of the public at mass / during retreats.

 

 

Risk of being harmed by school personnel.

Risk of being in a one to one environment

 

 

 

 

Risk of harm to children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities

Risk of being exposed to inappropriate content by staff (e.g. pop ups on YouTube)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of being bullied

Risk of being wrongly accused or of the matter being mishandled

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of harm from staff, external coach or member of the public

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of bullying/ verbal abuse.

Possible communication barrier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of harm from school personnel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of harm from school personnel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of inappropriate photographs or videos being shared.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of photographs being taken by staff members using personal mobile phones.

Risk of children accessing inappropriate content using search engines on school computers and ipads.

Risk of children using their own devices to take and share inappropriate photographs and videos.

Risk of parents sharing photos of children from school events

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of harm to children by a member of an outside organisation when walking to and from activities, and during activities with outside organisation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of outside organisations accessing confidential files and documents in the office or in rooms used by the organisation.

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of harm from the person on work experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of information about children being accessed by non-school personnel.

 

 

Risk of viruses being downloaded and allowing computers to be hacked. Risk of information about children being accessed by non-school personnel.

 

Risk of child going into bathroom and a member of non-school personnel being present.

 

The school has provided all school personnel with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement.

The school ensures the DES child protection procedures are made available to school personnel.

The school encourages staff to avail of relevant training.

The school encourages BOM members to avail of relevant training

The school maintains records of all staff and BOM member training

The DLP and Deputy DLP are required to avail of training provided by a professional organisation (e.g. PDST) on a regular basis – The certificate of attendance should be given to BOM

All school personnel are required to do the online Tusla training and provide a copy of the certificate of competition to the DLP

All school personnel are required to sign the ‘Acceptance of St Mary’s NS Child Protection Safeguarding Statement and return a signed copy to the DLP.

All school personnel, mandated and non-mandated, are required to adhere to the DES Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017

 

Supervision is provided by school 8:50 – 9:00 on both yards

All support teachers are on yard in the morning to help pupils get to school

Teachers of younger classes don’t let children leave the school grounds without seeing the parent/person collecting the child. School must be notified if someone different is collecting a child.

Outside of normal dismissal times pupils will only be released to parents or those nominated by the parents to collect the child. Children will have to be signed out in the ‘Early Collection’ book in the office. When children arrive to school late their names are recorded in the ‘Late Arrival’ book.

 

Supervision at all times by class teachers and support teachers

School has an Intimate Care Policy

School complies with the agreed disciplinary procedures

School has in place a policy and procedures for the administration of First Aid

School has Health and Safety policy.

 

All school personnel are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

School has Intimate Care Policy in place for students who require such care

School complies with agreed disciplinary procedures for teaching

Teachers are aware of the Teaching Council’s Code of Conduct

The school has a Mobile Device Policy

 

One to One teaching: may be provided for any pupil where it is deemed to be in the best interest of the child by the principal and teaching staff. All one to one teaching sessions should be clearly timetables and should only be carried out where there are appropriate agreements in place with regard to the physical environment (doors left open etc.). This is included in our Learning Support Policy.

All staff have a copy of our school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

Glass on classroom doors should never be covered.

 

Children are to be within sight of school staff at all times when on outings from school. Please see the School Tour Policy for detailed procedures to be followed.

 

 

 

The school has a Health & Safety Policy.

The school adheres to the requirements of the Garda vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars.

The school has a policy for school tours/outings.

The school has a policy for external coaches. Class teachers never leave their classes with external coaches/visitors to the school.

 

Where possible an extra member of staff will accompany the teacher while partaking in outdoor activities.

 

Children to be supervised at all times by staff members.

Use of mobile phones is supervised on overnight trips.

Overnight trip guidelines are detailed in the School Tour Policy

 

All bus escorts are Garda vetted.

All bus escorts are given a copy of the Child Safeguarding Statement.

The school has a Bus Escort Policy

 

Children will travel to off-site facilities with teachers and SNAs only.

External facilities will have their own Safeguarding Statements

Children will be supervised by a teacher at all times

 

Children are supervised by a teacher at all times

Volunteers/ external personnel  will receive a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

 

Children are supervised by a teacher at all times

All external coaches/visitors will have up to date Garda vetting

All external coaches/visitors will be given a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

The school has a policy for External Agencies for Sports and the Arts

 

School has an Intimate Care Policy, which can be found on the staff share. Substitute teachers will have access to a Policy Folder which will be stored in the office.

In case of toileting accidents in class the child is given clothes (from the spare clothes box in the office). Children should change themselves.  Parents will be informed when the child is being collected. Where this is not possible and the child cannot change themselves parents will be called and the principal is contacted. Parents will change the children where possible but when not possible staff will attend to the child. They will do so in as ‘open’ an environment as possible with due regard to the privacy of the child. Children will be supervised by teachers at all times.

The school has a School trips policy.

 

Parents are called and no first aid is administered by school personnel

If children are injured on yard they are brought into Sick Bay by school personnel. Sick Bay is supervised by teaching staff.

 

Parents have the option to opt out of the RSE programme.

Teachers will preview content prior to showing class.

The school implements in full the SPHE curriculum over a two year cycle as outlined in the school plan which can be found on the staff share. Substitute teachers will have access to a Policy Folder which will be stored in the office.

The Stay Safe programme will be taught in every class as outlined in the school’s SPHE plan.

Individual teachers planning documents indicate when specific objectives of the SPHE curriculum are taught.

Staff must sign off that they have taught the Stay Safe programme. These records are collected, checked and kept by the Board of Management.

 

Stay Safe Programme

The school has an Anti-Bullying Policy

DFL Programme is used to sanction children for misconduct. Formal records are kept of serious incidents of misconduct.

Bullying is formally recorded. Templates are kept in the office.

 

Children are supervised by a teacher at all times

All external coaches/visitors will have up to date Garda vetting

All external coaches/visitors will be given a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

The school has a policy for External Agencies for Sports and the Arts

Swimming: Boys use cubicles for changing. Girls use ‘Schools Changing Area’. Two members of staff supervise the girls. Parents may not enter the ‘Schools Changing Area. They will be asked to take their child to a cubicle if they need to help them change. Two members of staff must be poolside at all times during lessons and should be at hand for discipline issues and toileting trips.

Teachers should be aware that other users will be present at the pool during lesson times, including those with additional needs.

Teachers should be vigilant that no member of the public should enter the ‘Schools Changing Area’

 

School holds an International Day to celebrate uniqueness

The school has an Anti-Bullying Policy. This is available on the staff share. Substitute teachers will have access to a Policy Folder which will be stored in the office.

Lighthouse integration

DFL system used by all staff in a fair and unbiased way.

 

All school personnel are required to be Garda vetted and the relevant DES circulars in relation to recruitment and Garda vetting are adhered to.

Best practice procedures with regard to interviewing and checking references are followed.

All volunteers/ parents involved regularly involved in school activities are Garda vetted

All volunteers/ parents involved regularly involved in school activities are given a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

The school has a Code of Behaviour and a Behaviour Policy. These can be found on the staff share. Substitute teachers will have access to a Policy Folder which will be stored in the office.

Glass on classroom doors always remains uncovered.

Devices: If a child is found to have a mobile device in school they turn phone off and give it to the teacher. It is given back at the end of the day. If this occurs three times parents come in to school to collect the device.

 

Mobile phones are allowed in school b ut should be turned off at all times. Smart watches are banned in the school. This is included in the Mobile Device Policy. School also has a Policy for the use of photos, Use of Information and Communication Technology in School and a Social Media Policy. These are available on the staff share. Substitute teachers will have access to a Policy Folder which will be stored in the office.

 

 

Each class group has a digital camera that can be used for recording any school events. Ipads can also be used for this purpose.

Children are encouraged to use child friendly search engines e.g. Kiddle and Kidflex

The school has a Mobile Devices Policy. This is available on the staff share. Substitute teachers will have access to a Policy Folder which will be stored in the office.

Parents are asked to refrain from taking photographs at all school events, and are made aware that photographs cannot be shared under any circumstances.

Parents are asked to sign permission to allow children’s photographs to go on website and on school newsletter.

 

The class teacher stays with their class at all times and accompanies them to and from the activities.

Class teacher should stop the activity if they have any concerns. DLP should be informed.

All external coaches/visitors will have up to date Garda vetting

All external coaches/visitors will be given a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

The school has a policy for External Agencies for Sports and the Arts.

 

All confidential files will be kept in a locked file which can only be accessed by the DLP and the Deputy DLP.

Organisations using our premises should have their own Child Safeguarding Statement.

They will be given a copy of our school’s Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

All personnel entering the school should be Garda vetted. As people under 16 cannot be Garda vetted we will not permit anyone under 16 to do work experience in the school.

The school has a Work Experience Policy.

All personnel entering the school will be given a copy of our school’s Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

Teachers will not use Aladdin when not on the school premises. Aladdin should not be accessed on anything other than school computers.

 

Teachers should not access personal e-mail while using school computers. External links should not be downloaded on school computers.

 

Children should not use the toilets during assembly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Note:  It should be noted that risk in the context of this risk assessment is the risk of “harm” as defined in the Children First Act 2015 and not general health and safety risk.  The definition  of harm is set out in Chapter 4 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post- Primary

 Schools 2017

 

In undertaking this risk assessment, the board of management has endeavoured to identify as far as possible the risks of harm that are relevant to this school and to ensure that adequate procedures are in place to manage all risks identified.  While it is not possible to foresee and remove all risk of harm, the school has in place the procedures listed in this risk assessment to manage and reduce risk to the greatest possible extent.

This risk assessment has been completed by the Board of Management on 21/10/19.  It shall be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________

 

Chairperson, Board of Management

 

Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________

 

Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management

 

 

Examples of activities, risks and procedures

 

The examples listed in this document are provided to assist schools in undertaking their risk assessment under the Children First Act, 2015.  Schools should note that this list of examples is not intended to be exhaustive. It is the responsibility of each school to ensure, as far as possible, that any other risks and procedures that are relevant to its own particular circumstances are identified and specified in the written risk assessment and that adequate procedures are in place to address all risks identified.

 

It is acknowledged that schools already have in place a range of policies, practices and procedures to mitigate the risk of harm to children while they are participating in the activities of the school and that some school activities will carry low or minimal risks of harm compared to others.  In the context of the risk assessment that must be undertaken by schools, the Children First Act, 2015 refers to risk as “any potential for harm”.  Therefore, it is important that, as part of its risk assessment process, each school lists and reviews all of its various activities (which shall include identifying those that may carry low risk of harm as well as those that carry higher risks of harm).  Doing so will help the school to (1) identify, as required under the Children First Act, 2015, any risks of harm that may exist in respect of the school’s activities, (2) identify and assess the adequacy of the various procedures already in place to manage those risks of harm and (3) identify and put in place any such additional procedures as are considered necessary to manage any risk identified.

 

Important Note:  It should be noted that risk in the context of this risk assessment is the risk of “harm” as defined in the Children First Act, 2015 and not general health and safety risk.  The definition of harm is set out in chapter 4 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017.

 

Examples of School Activities

  • Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils
  • Recreation breaks for pupils
  • Classroom teaching
  • One-to-one teaching
  • One-to-one counselling
  • Outdoor teaching activities
  • Sporting Activities
  • School outings
  • School trips involving overnight stay
  • School trips involving foreign travel
  • Use of toilet/changing/shower areas in schools
  • Provision of residential facilities for boarders
  • Annual Sports Day
  • Fundraising events involving pupils
  • Use of off-site facilities for school activities
  • School transport arrangements including use of bus escorts
  • Care of children with special educational needs, including intimate care where needed,
  • Care of any vulnerable adult students, including intimate care where needed
  • Management of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint where required
  • Administration of Medicine
  • Administration of First Aid
  • Curricular provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe
  • Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils
  • Training of school personnel in child protection matters
  • Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum
  • Use of external personnel to support sports and other extra-curricular activities
  • Care of pupils with specific vulnerabilities/ needs such as
  • Pupils from ethnic minorities/migrants
  • Members of the Traveller community
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) children
  • Pupils perceived to be LGBT
  • Pupils of minority religious faiths
  • Children in care
  • Children on CPNS
  • Recruitment of school personnel including –
  • Teachers/SNA’s
  • Caretaker/Secretary/Cleaners
  • Sports coaches
  • External Tutors/Guest Speakers
  • Volunteers/Parents in school activities
  • Visitors/contractors present in school during school hours
  • Visitors/contractors present during after school activities
  • Participation by pupils in religious ceremonies/religious instruction external to the school
  • Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school
  • Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including detention of pupils, confiscation of phones etc.
  • Students participating in work experience in the school
  • Students from the school participating in work experience elsewhere
  • Student teachers undertaking training placement in school
  • Use of video/photography/other media to record school events
  • After school use of school premises by other organisations
  • Use of school premises by other organisation during school day
  • Breakfast club
  • Homework club/evening study

Examples of Risks of Harm

 

  • Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel
  • Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by school personnel
  • Risk of child being harmed in the school by a member of school personnel
  • Risk of child being harmed in the school by another child
  • Risk of child being harmed in the school by volunteer or visitor to the school
  • Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of another organisation or other person while child participating in out of school activities e.g. school trip, swimming lessons
  • Risk of harm due to bullying of child
  • Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school
  • Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while attending out of school activities
  • Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship/communications between child and another child or adult
  • Risk of harm due to children inappropriately accessing/using computers, social media, phones and other devices while at school
  • Risk of harm to children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities
  • Risk of harm to child while a child is receiving intimate care
  • Risk of harm due to inadequate code of behaviour
  • Risk of harm in one-to-one teaching, counselling, coaching situation
  • Risk of harm caused by member of school personnel communicating with pupils in appropriate manner via social media, texting, digital device or other manner
  • Risk of harm caused by member of school personnel accessing/circulating inappropriate material via social media, texting, digital device or other manner

 

 

 

 

Examples of Procedures to address risks of harm

 

  • All school personnel are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
  • The Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 are made available to all school personnel
  • School Personnel are required to adhere to the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 and all registered teaching staff are required to adhere to the Children First Act 2015
  • The school implements in full the Stay Safe Programme
  • The school implements in full the SPHE curriculum
  • The school implements in full the Wellbeing Programme at Junior Cycle
  • The school has an Anti-Bullying Policy which fully adheres to the requirements of the Department’s Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools
  • The school has a yard/playground supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children during, assembly, dismissal and breaks and in respect of specific areas such as toilets, changing rooms etc.
  • The school has in place a policy and clear procedures in respect of school outings
  • The school has a Health and safety policy
  • The school adheres to the requirements of the Garda vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars in relation to recruitment and Garda vetting
  • The school has a codes of conduct for school personnel (teaching and non-teaching staff)
  • The school complies with the agreed disciplinary procedures for teaching staff
  • The school has a Special Educational Needs policy
  • The school has an intimate care policy/plan in respect of students who require such care
  • The school has in place a policy and procedures for the administration of medication to pupils
  • The school –
    • Has provided each member of school staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
    • Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
    • Encourages staff to avail of relevant training
    • Encourages board of management members to avail of relevant training
    • Maintains records of all staff and board member training
  • The school has in place a policy and procedures for the administration of First Aid
  • The school has in place a code of behaviour for pupils
  • The school has in place an ICT policy in respect of usage of ICT by pupils
  • The school has in place a mobile phone policy in respect of usage of mobile phones by pupils
  • The school has in place a Critical Incident Management Plan
  • The school has in place a Home School Liaison policy and related procedures
  • The school has in place a policy and procedures for the use of external persons to supplement delivery of the curriculum
  • The school has in place a policy and procedures for the use of external sports coaches
  • The school has in place a policy and clear procedures for one-to-one teaching activities
  • The school has in place a policy and procedures for one-to-one counselling
  • The school has in place a policy and procedures in respect of student teacher placements
  • The school has in place a policy and procedures in respect of students undertaking work experience in the school
  • The school has in place a policy and procedures in respect of pupils of the school undertaking work experience in external organisations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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