Child Safeguarding Statement Template

St. Patrick’s N.S. (Scoil Phádraig) 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. Patrick’s N.S. (Scoil Phádraig) 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.

 

  1. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is: Irene Mc Fadden

 

  1. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is: Peter Tooher

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.

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 BoM members to avail of relevant training
  • The BoM 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 BoM 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.

 

  • 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 BoMs shall also include in this section such other procedures/measures that are of relevance to the school in question.

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.

 

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 8th March 2018.

Signed: _________________________     Chairperson of BoM   (Date: __________)

 

Signed: _________________________ Principal/Secretary to the BoM (Date: ________)

 

 

Checklist for Review of the Child Safeguarding

Statement

 

The Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 require the Board of Management (BoM) to 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 BoM shall include other items in the checklist that are of relevance to the school in question.

 

As part of the overall review process, BoM 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 Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017.

 

  Yes/No
  1. Has the BoM formally adopted a Child Safeguarding Statement in accordance with the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’?

 

 
  1. As part of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement, has the BoM formally adopted, without modification, the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’?

 

 
  1. Does the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement include a written assessment of risk as required under the Children First Act 2015?

 

 
  1. Has the Board reviewed and updated where necessary the written assessment of risk as part of this overall review?

 

 
  1. Has the DLP attended available child protection training?

 

 
  1. Has the Deputy DLP attended available child protection training?

 

 
  1. Have any members of the BoM attended child protection training?

 

 
  1. Are there both a DLP and a Deputy DLP currently appointed?

 

 
  1. Are the relevant contact details (Tusla and An Garda Síochána) to hand?

 

 
  1. Has the BoM arrangements in place to communicate the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement to new school personnel?

 

 
  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?

 

 
  1. Has the BoM received a Principal’s Child Protection Oversight Report at each Board meeting held since the last review was undertaken?

 

 
  1. Since the BoMs last review, was the BoM informed of any child protection reports made to Tusla/An Garda Síochána by the DLP?

 

 
  1. Since the BoMs last review, was the BoM 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?

 

 
  1. Since the BoMs last review, was the BoM informed of any cases where an allegation of abuse or neglect was made against any member of school personnel?

 

 
  1. Has the BoM been provided with and reviewed all documents relevant to the Principal’s Child Protection Oversight Report?

 

 
  1. Is the BoM 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?

 

 
  1. Is the BoM 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?*

 

 
  1. Were child protection matters reported to the BoM appropriately recorded in the Board minutes?

 

 
  1. Is the BoM satisfied that all records relating to child protection are appropriately filed and stored securely?

 

 
  1. Has the BoM 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’

 

 
  1. In relation to any cases identified at question 21 above, has the BoM 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?

 

 
  1. Has the BoM ensured that the Parents’ Association (if any), has been provided with the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement?

 

 
  1. Has the BoM ensured that the patron has been provided with the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement?

 

 
  1. Has the BoM ensured that the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement is available to parents on request?

 

 
  1. Has the BoM ensured that the Stay Safe programme is implemented in full in the school? (applies to primary schools)

 

 
  1. Has the Board ensured that the SPHE curriculum is implemented in full in the school?
 
  1. Is the BoM satisfied that the statutory requirements for Garda Vetting have been met in respect of all school personnel (employees and volunteers)? *

 

 
  1. Is the BoM 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?*

 

 
  1. Is the BoM 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)?*

 

 
  1. Has the BoM considered and addressed any complaints or suggestions for improvements regarding the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement?

 

 
  1. Has the BoM 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’

 

 
  1. Has the BoM sought the feedback of pupils in relation to the school’s child safeguarding arrangements?

 

 
  1. Is the BoM satisfied that the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’ are being fully and adequately implemented by the school?

 

 
  1. Has the BoM identified any aspects of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement and/or its implementation that require further improvement?

 

 
  1. Has the BoM 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 ?

 

 
  1. Has the BoM 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?

 

 

 

*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: _________________________     Chairperson of BoM (Date: _______)

 

Signed: _________________________   Principal/Secretary to the BoM (Date: _______)

 

Notification regarding the Board of Management’s review of the Child Safeguarding Statement

 

 

To: _____________________________________

 

 

The Board of Management (BoM) of ____________________ 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 on ……………….(Date)

 

  • 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

 

 

Signed: _________________________     Chairperson of BoM   (Date: __________)

 

Signed: _________________________ Principal/Secretary to the BoM (Date: ________)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 identified risks
Training of school personnel in Child Protection matters High -Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel or reported promptly and properly by school personnel Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff

 

DLP& DDLP to attend PDST face to face training

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

 

BOM records all records of staff and board training

One to one teaching High -Risk of child being harmed in the school by a member of school personnel School SEN policy that includes one to one teaching is currently being developed, as of February 2018.

 

Glass in window

Care of Children with special needs, including intimate care needs High -Risk of child being harmed by school personnel, while child is receiving intimate care Policy on Special Needs Assistant that includes intimate care needs

Anti-bullying policy

Special Educational Needs Policy

Supervision policy

Individual Care Plan of the child

Toilet areas High -Risk of harm due to inappropriate behaviour of other pupils Supervision policy

Code of Behaviour policy

Anti-bullying policy

Toilet accidents High -Risk of child being harmed in the school by a member of school personnel Parents are contacted to come and change

Failing this, 2 adults will supervise changing.  A note to inform parents of this happening.

Curricular Provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay safe. Med Non-teaching of same School implements SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe in full
LGBT Children/Pupils perceived to be LGBT High -Risk of harm due to bullying of child Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour Policy

Equal Opportunities Gender Equality Policy

Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils Med -Risk of harm from older pupils,

-Risk of harm from unknown adults on the playground

-Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision during arrival and dismissal

Arrival supervised by Principal or Deputy Principal and 3 Special Needs Assistants

Dismissal supervised by teachers and S.N.A.

 

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 identified risks
Managing of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint High -Risk of harm due to the possibility of injury to pupils and staff Health & Safety Policy

Code Of Behaviour policy

Sports Coaches High -Risk of child being harmed by a member of staff from another organisation

 

Safeguarding statement and reporting mechanisms in place

Sports personnel are Garda vetted

All sports activities are supervised by teachers

Students participating in work experience Medium -Risk of child being harmed by student on work experience Child Safeguarding Statement.

Students must be over the age of 16 and also be Garda vetted, with parental consent

Students are supervised by teachers

Recreation breaks for pupils High – Risk of child being harmed by older pupils

– Risk of child being harmed by unknown adults on yard

Breaks are supervised by teachers

Supervision policy

Classroom teaching High -Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel

-Risk  of child being harmed by other pupils

School personnel are Garda vetted

Safe-guarding statement

Teachers must follow a code of conduct as outlined by the Teaching Council

Anti-bullying Policy

Outdoor teaching activities

 

High -Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel

-Risk  of child being harmed by unknown adults in the area

Supervision policy

School personnel are Garda vetted

Sporting activities in the school High – Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel

– Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision

– Risk of child being harmed by other pupils

Supervision policy

School personnel are Garda vetted

Code of behaviour policy

Anti-bullying policy

Swimming High – Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel

– Risk of child being harmed by a member of swimming pool staff

– Risk  of child being harmed by other pupils

– Risk of child being harmed by unknown persons

Swimming policy is being developed as of Feb 2018

School pupils have access to the pool at this time

Code of behaviour policy

Anti-bullying policy

Appropriate supervision by teachers

Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff

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 identified risk
School outings

 

High -Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel

-Risk  of child being harmed by other pupils

-Risk of child being harmed by unknown persons in the area

-Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision

Appropriate ratio of adult-child supervision

Code of behaviour policy

Anti-bullying policy

Use of toilet areas in schools, for changing into sports wear

 

High -Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel

-Risk  of child being harmed by other pupils

Pupils change individually in the classroom toilet

Supervision policy

Annual Sports Day

 

High -Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel

-Risk  of child being harmed by other pupils

-Risk of child being harmed by unknown adults in the area

Adequate supervision by school personnel

Visiting adults are in designated area

Anti-bullying policy

Code of behaviour policy

Fundraising events involving pupils

 

High -Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel

-Risk  of child being harmed by other pupils

-Risk of child being harmed by unknown adults in the area

Adequate supervision by school personnel

Visiting adults are in designated area

Anti-bullying policy

Code of behaviour policy

Use of off-site facilities for school activities e.g. the hall

 

High -Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel

-Risk  of child being harmed by other pupils

-Risk of child being harmed by unknown adults in the area

Adequate supervision by school personnel

Visiting adults are in designated area

Code of behaviour policy

Anti-bullying policy

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 identified risks
School transport arrangements High -Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel

-Risk  of child being harmed by other pupils

-Risk of child being harmed by a member of staff from another organisation

-Risk of child being harmed by unknown persons

Adequate supervision by school personnel

Code of behaviour policy

Anti-bullying policy

Administration of Medicine

 

High -Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel

 

Glass panel in secretary’s office

All permanent staff are first aid trained and in how to administer the epi-pen

Parents of pupils with medical needs fill out indemnity forms

Enrolment forms seek permission to administer first aid when necessary

Administration of First Aid High -Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel

 

 

Glass panel in secretary’s office

Policy on first aid

All permanent staff are first aid trained

Enrolment forms seek permission to administer first aid when necessary

Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils

 

High -Risk of child being harmed by other pupils Code of behaviour policy

Anti-bullying policy

Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum

 

High -Risk of child being harmed by external personnel All activities are supervised by teachers

All visiting adults are Garda vetted

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

 

High -Risk of harm by exclusion

-Risk of harm by bullying

-Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision

Supervision policy

Code of behaviour policy

Anti-bullying policy

Equal Opportunities Gender Equality Policy

 

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 identified risks
Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school High -Risk of harm due to bullying ICT policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

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

High -Risk of harm not recognised or properly or promptly reported by school personnel

-Risk of child being harmed by unknown adults

Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff

 

School personnel to view and complete Tusla training module & any other online training offered by PDST

 

Vetting Procedures

 

 

 

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

 

High -Risk of child being bullied by school personnel Safeguarding statement in place

Code of behaviour policy

Teachers follow a code of conduct as outlined by the Teaching Council

Student teachers undertaking training placement in school

 

High -Risk of child being harmed by student teacher Student teachers are Garda vetted through colleges

Student teachers are supervised by teachers at all times

Student teachers receive a copy of the safe-guarding statement, the code of behaviour policy and the anti-bullying policy

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

 

High -Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel or reported promptly and properly by school personnel At public events, it is announced that “All photos taken are for personal use only; not for social media”

Permission is obtained from parents on enrolment to take photos that may be used on the school website and Facebook page and these photos may be used in newspapers

After school use of school premises by other organisations (Smart Steps)

 

High -Risk of child being harmed by staff

-Risk of child being harmed by unknown adults collecting other children

-Risk of child being harmed by other children due to inadequate supervision

Supervision policy

Safe-guarding statement is in place

All Smart Steps staff are Garda vetted and have undertaken training for child protection

 

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 8th March 2018.  It will be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

Signed: _________________________     Chairperson of BoM (Date: __________)

 

Signed: _________________________     Principal/Secretary to the BoM (Date: __________)