CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY

Derryquay National 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 Derryquay National School 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.

  2. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is: Íde Brosnan

  3. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is: Bríd Fitzgerald

  4. 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:

    a. recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations

    b. fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection                 and welfare of children

    c. fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters

    d. 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

    e. develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children; and

    f. 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.

  5. 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:

       i. Has provided each member of staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

       ii. Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

       iii. Encourages staff to avail of relevant training

       iv. Encourages Board of Management members to avail of relevant training

       v. 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 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.

 

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

 

   7. 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

 

   8. 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.

     

   9. This statement has been published on the school’s website and has been provided to all members of school personnel, the Parents’              Association 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.

 

   10. 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 13/02/2020

 

Signed: _________________________

Chairperson of BoM                                   

Signed: _________________________

Principal/Secretary to the BoM

Date:     _________________

 

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

(of any potential harm)

List of School Activities

Training of school personnel in Child Protection matters
 

One to one teaching
 

Care of Children with special needs, including intimate care needs
 

Toilet areas
 

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

List of School Activities
 

Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils
 

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

Sports Coaches
 

Students participating in work experience
 

Recreation breaks for pupils
 

Classroom teaching
 

Outdoor teaching activities inc Sports Day

 

Sporting Activities

 

After school activities e.g.  Music, Dancing
 

List of School Activities
 

School outings e.g Carol singing, Sport trips, School tours, going to the church

 

Fundraising events involving pupils

Use of toilet/changing/shower areas in public places
 

School transport arrangements
 

List of School Activities
 

Administration of Medicine
 

Administration of First Aid

 

Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum

 

 

List of School 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 (child Protection notification system- Tusla)

 

 

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

 

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

e.g HSE Nurse, Psychologists etc.

List of School Activities

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.

 

Student teachers undertaking training placement in school

 

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

The School has identified the following Risk of Harm

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

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