B: St. Brigid's Primary School Child Safegaurding Statement

Child Safeguarding Statement

St. Brigid’s Primary School 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 [Insert school name] has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.

    1. 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.
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  • The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is: Deirdre Early

 

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  • The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP is: Niamh Hanna

 

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  2. 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. The school will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare. The school will:
    1. recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations
    2. fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children
    3. fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters
    4. 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
    5. develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children; and
    6. fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters
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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:
    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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:
      1. Has provided each member of staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
      2. Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
      3. Encourages staff to avail of relevant training
      4. Encourages Board of Management members to avail of relevant training
      5. The Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board member training.
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    1. 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
    2. In this school, the Board has appointed the above named DLP as the ‘relevant person’ (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the school’s child safeguarding statement.

 

  1. All registered teachers employed by the school are mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015
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  3. 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 these procedures
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  5. 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.
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  3. 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 [Insert Date]  

Signed: Dónall Ó Murchú                                  Signed: Deirdre Early

Chairperson of BoM                                            Principal/Secretary to the BoM

     Date:     22/03/2018                                      Date:   22/03/2018

 

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

(of any potential harm)

List of School Activities

Risk Level

The School has   identified the following Risk of Harm

 

The School has the following Procedures in place to address risk identified in this assessment

Training of school personnel in Child Protection matters

High

Harm not recognised or reported promptly

Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff

 

DLP& DDLP to attend PDST face to face training

All Staff to view Túsla training module & any other online training offered by PDST

 

BOM records all records of staff and board training

One to one teaching

Med

Harm by school personnel

School has policy in place for one to one teaching

Open doors

Table between teacher and pupil

Glass in window

Care of Children with special needs, including intimate care needs

High

Harm by school personnel

Whenever possible more than one staff member will attend to children when intimate care needs arise.

Toilet areas

Low

Inappropriate behaviour

Toilets are within classrooms so always fully supervised.

Curricular Provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay safe.

Med

Non-teaching of same

Harm to pupils around disclosures

School implements SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe in full implement Children First Guidelines and procedures

LGBT Children/Pupils perceived to be LGBT

Low

Bullying

Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

 

 

 

 

List of School Activities

 

The School has   identified the following Risk of Harm

 

The School has the following Procedures in place to address risk identified in this assessment

Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils

Med

Harm from older pupils, unknown adults on the playground

Arrival and dismissal supervised by Teachers

Managing of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint

High

Injury to pupils and staff

Restraint Policy

Health & Safety Policy

Code Of Behaviour

Sports Coaches

Med

Harm to pupils

Policy & Procedures in place. Garda vetting agreements

Students participating in work experience

Low

Harm by student

Work experience Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement.

Recreation breaks for pupils

High

Injury to pupils

Yard rules implemented. Students fully supervised at all times.

Classroom teaching

Med

Harm to pupils and staff

Code of Behaviour

Complaints procedure with Teaching Council

Class rules.

Outdoor teaching activities

 

Med

Injury to pupils

Code of Behaviour

Class Rules

Sporting Activities

 

High

Injury to pupils

Code of Behaviour

Class rules

Supervision Policy

 

Homework club/evening study

 

Med

Harm to pupils

Injury to pupils

After School club Child Safeguarding Statement After school club adherence to child First Guidelines and procedures

List of School Activities

 

The School has   identified the following Risk of Harm

 

The School has the following Procedures in place to address risk identified in this assessment

School outings

 

High

Injury to pupils

Harm to pupils

School trips policy

Code of behaviour

Annual Sports day

 

High

Injury to pupils

Harm to pupils

Code of Behaviour

Supervision Policy

Fundraising events involving pupils

 

low

Injury to pupils

Harm to pupils

Supervision Policy

Code of behaviour

Use of off- site facilities for school activities  

 

Med

Harm to pupils

School trips policy

Supervision policy

Code of Behaviour

List of School Activities

 

The School has   identified the following Risk of Harm

 

The School has the following Procedures in place to address risk identified in this assessment

Administration of Medicine

Administration of First Aid

 

Low

Injury to pupils

First Aid Policy

Medicines Policy

Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils

 

High

Harm to pupils

Injury to pupils

Emotional damage to pupils

Anti Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum

 

 

Low

Harm to pupils

Supervision Policy

Children First Guidelines and procedures

List of School Activities

 

The School has   identified the following Risk of Harm

 

The School has the following Procedures in place to address risk identified in this assessment

Care of pupils with specific vulnerabilities/ needs such as

·         Pupils from ethnic minortie/migrants

·         Members of the Traveller community

·         Lesbians gay bisexual or transgender(lGBT children

·         Pupils perceived to be LGBT

·         Pupils of minority religious faiths

·         Children in Care

·         Children on CPNS

 

Med

Bullying

Anti Bullying Policy

Code of behviour

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 during after school activities

·         B.O.M

 

 

Harm not recognised or properly or promptly reported

Child Safeguarding Statement & Des procedures made available to all staff

Staff to view Tulsa training module & any other online training offered by PDST

Vetting procedures

Policy of parents/ Volunteers

Policy on visiting contractors

List of School Activities

 

The School has   identified the following Risk of Harm

 

The School has the following Procedures in place to address risk identified in this assessment

Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school

 

Low

Bullying

ICT Policy

Anti – Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

Students participating in work experience in the school

 

Low

Harm to pupils

Work Experience Policy

Student teachers undertaking training placement in school

 

Low

Harm to pupils

Garda vetting procedures followed

Use of video/photograph/ other media to record school events

 

 

Low

Harm to pupils

Permissions policy

After school use of school permises by other organisations

Low

Harm to pupils

Adherence to usage of premises Agreement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 [insert date]. It willl be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

Signed Dónall Ó Murchú                                              Date 22/03/2018

 

Chairperson, Board of Management

 

 

Signed Deirdre Early                                                 Date 22/03/2018

 

Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management