Child Safeguarding Statement

St. Aengus N.S. 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. Aengus’ N.S. 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

 

  • The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Séamus McGowan

 

  • The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Orla Monaghan

 

  • 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 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 s 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 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 Boards of Management 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 (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.

 

 

  • 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 09/03/2018

 

Signed: _________________________                   Signed: ____________________________

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

 

 

Date:     __________________________                 Date:    __________________­­­­­­­_

Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment

St. Aengus N.S. Bridgend

 

Child Safeguarding Statement Template

St. Aengus N.S. a primary/post-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. Aengus N.S. 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

 

  • The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Séamus McGowan

 

  • The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Orla Monaghan

 

  • 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 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 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 s 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.

 

  • 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.

 

 

  • 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 09/03/2018

 

Signed: _________________________                   Signed: ____________________________

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

 

 

Date:     __________________________                 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 risk identified in this assessment
Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils Low  

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

·         Risk of harm not being reported properly

 

·         Arrival, dismissal and supervision policy

·         Anti-bullying policy

·         Code of discipline

Recreation breaks for pupils Medium  

·         Risk of harm by a member of school personnel

·         Risk of harm by another child

·         Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by school personnel.

 

·         Arrival, dismissal and supervision policy

·         Anti-bullying policy

·         Code of discipline

Classroom teaching Low ·         Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel.

·         Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by school personnel.

 

·         Code of discipline

·         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.

·         Administration of medication to pupil’s policy

 

One to one teaching High ·         Risk of harm by school personnel ·         Learning Support 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 code of conduct for school personnel (Teaching and non- teaching staff).

One to one counselling/psychological  assessment High Risk of harm in one to one teaching, counselling or coaching.

 

·         The outside bodies adhere to the requirements of the Garda vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars in relation to child safe guarding and the Children First Act.

 

Outdoor Teaching Activities Low ·         Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by school personnel.

·         Risk of harm by another child

·         Risk of harm by external personal

·         Risk of bullying

 

 

·         Arrival, dismissal and supervision policy

·         Code of discipline

·         Health and Safety

·         Anti-Bullying policy

·         The outside bodies adhere to the requirements of the Garda vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars in relation to child safe guarding and the Children First Act

Sporting Activities Low ·         Risk of harm by external personnel

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

·         Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by school personnel.

 

·         Arrival, dismissal and supervision policy

·         Code of discipline

·         The outside bodies adhere to the requirements of the Garda vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars in relation to child safe guarding and the Children First Act

 

School Outings Low  

·         Risk of harm by external personnel

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

·         Risk of harm of not being recognised by school personnel

·         Risk of harm not being reported properly

 

 

·         Arrival, dismissal and supervision policy

·         Code of discipline

·         School tour policy

·         The outside bodies adhere to the requirements of the Garda vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars in relation to child safe guarding and the Children First Act

 

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 toilet/changing/shower areas in schools Low  

·         Risk of harm by external personnel

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

·         Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by school personnel.

·         Risk of harm not being reported properly

·         Risk of harm from other children

 

 

·         Intimate care policy

·         Stay Safe Programme/RSE/Walk Tall

·         Arrival, dismissal and supervision policy

 

Annual Sports Day Low ·         Risk of harm by external personnel

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

·         Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by school personnel.

·         Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship/communications between child and another child or adult.

 

·         Arrival, dismissal and supervision policy

·         Code of discipline

·         Health and Safety

 

Fundraising events involving pupils Low ·         Risk of harm by external personnel

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

·         Risk of harm of not being recognised by school personnel

·         Risk of harm not being reported properly

·         Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship/communications between child and another child or adult.

 

·         supervision policy

·         Code of discipline

 

Use of offsite facilities involving pupils Medium ·         Risk of harm by external personnel

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

·         Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by school personnel.

 

 

·         School tour policy

·         Supervision policy

·         Administration of Medicine Policy

School transports arrangement and bus escorts Low ·         Risk of harm by external personnel

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

·         Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel

·         Risk of harm not being reported properly

·         Risk of harm due to bullying

·         risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship with  adult/child

·         Anti-bullying policy

·         Code of discipline

·         Supervision policy

·         School tour policy

 

Care of children with special needs including intimate care

 

 

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

·         Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel

·         Risk of harm not being reported properly

 

·         Intimate care policy needed

·         Garda vetting

·         SEN policy

Mgt of challenging behaviour amongst pupils Low ·         Risk of child being harmed in the school by a member of school personnel

·         Risk of harm not being reported properly

 

·         Code of Discipline

·         Code of Behaviour

·         Restraint policy

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

 

·         Policy on administering medication

·         All medical information known to staff and displayed in classroom

Administration for first aid   ·         Risk of child being harmed in the school by a member of school personnel

 

 

·         Health and Safety policy

·         Policy on administering medication

 

 

Administration of first aid. Medium ·         Harm by school personnel.

·         Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel.

·         Trained First Aid teacher.

·         First aid box located in Secretary’s office.

·         Staff training

·         Health and Safety policy.

 

Curricular provision in respect of RSE, SPHE and Stay Safe. Medium ·         Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel.

·         Risk of child being harmed in the school by a volunteer or visitor to the school.

·         Risk of harm due to bullying of a child.

·         Non-teaching of subjects.

 

 

·         The school implements in full the Stay Safe programme.

·         The school implements in full the SPHE programme.

·         The school has an anti-bullying policy.

·         RSE policy.

Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils. Medium ·         Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel.

·         Risk of harm not being recognised.

·         Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by school personnel.

·         Risk of child being harmed in the school by another child.

·         Risk of harm due to inappropriate communications.

·         Code of discipline

·         Anti-Bullying policy.

·         ‘Friends for Life’ and ‘Fun Friends’ programme in place.

·         The school implements in full the Stay Safe programme.

·         The school implements in full the SPHE programme.

 

 

Training of school personnel in child protection matters. Low ·         Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by school personnel.

 

·         All school personnel are provided with a copy of the school’s child safe guarding 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.

 

Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum

 

Low ·         Risk of child being harmed in the school by volunteer or visitor to the school.

·         Risk of child being harmed by a member of staff of another organisation or other person while child participating in out of school activities e.g. Swimming lessons, school trip, coaches.

·         Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship/communications between adult and child.

 

·         School tour policy

·         Requirements of Garda vetting legislation.

·         Child protection policy.

·         Supervision policy

·         Implementing ‘Stay Safe’ and ‘R.S.E’ programmes under the SPHE curriculum.

Care of pupils with specific vulnerabilities/ needs such as

·         Pupils with SEN

·         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

 

Low ·         Risk of harm not being recognised.

·         Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by school personnel.

·         Risk of child being harmed in the school by another child.

·         Risk of bullying of the child by another child.

·         Risk of harm to children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities.

 

 

·         Child Safeguarding policy

·         Implementing SPHE curriculum.

·         Supervision policy

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
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 child being harmed in the school by volunteer or visitor to the school.

·         Risk of child being harmed by a member of staff of another organisation or visiting person.

·         Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship/communications between adult and child.

 

 

·         Child Safeguarding policy.

·         Supervision policy

·         The school adheres to the requirements of the Garda vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars in relation to recruitment and Garda vetting.

 

Participation by pupils in religious ceremonies external to the school. Low ·         Risk of child being harmed by a member of staff of another organisation or visiting person.

·         Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship/communications between adult and child.

·         Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while attending Religious ceremonies.

·         Child Safeguarding policy.

·         Supervision policy

Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school

 

High ·         Risk of harm caused by accessing inappropriate material online. ·         The school has the following procedures and policies in place: Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

·         Supervision policy

·         Code of Behaviour.

·         Anti-bullying policy

·         Implementing of the SPHE programme i.e internet safety.

 

Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour Medium ·         Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children ·         Supervision policy

·         Code of Behaviour.

·         Anti-bullying policy

 

Students participating in work experience in the school

 

Medium ·         Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel.

·         Risk of child being harmed by a member of staff of another organisation or visiting person.

·         Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship/communications between adult and child.

 

·         Supervision by Class Teacher.

·         The school has the following procedures and policies in place: Arrival, dismissal and supervision.

·         The school ensures that all work experience students are provided with a copy of the Child Safe Guarding Statement.

·         Requirements of Garda vetting legislation.

 

 

Student teachers undertaking training placement in school

 

Low ·         Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel.

·         Risk of child being harmed by a member of staff of another organisation or visiting person.

·         Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship/communications between adult and child.

 

·         Requirements of Garda vetting legislation.

·         Supervision by Class Teacher.

·         The school has the following procedures and policies in place: Arrival, dismissal and supervision.

·         The school ensures that all work placement students are provided with a copy of the Child Safe Guarding Statement.

 

 

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

 

High ·         Risk of child being harmed by a member of staff of another organisation or visiting person.

 

·         The school has the following procedures and policies in place: Child Protection Policy.

·         Opt out policy if the child is not to be used in a photograph from parent/guardian.

·         Xmas play on the taking of photos policy

Breakfast club/singing club

 

Low ·         Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel.

·         Risk of child being harmed in the school by a volunteer or visitor to the school.

·         Risk of harm due to bullying of a child.

 

·         The school has a code of discipline and anti- bullying policy.

·         Child Safeguarding Policy

·         Arrival, dismissal and supervision policy.

 

 

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 09/03/2018.  It will 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

 

Click on the link below for the Child Safeguarding statement and Risk Assesment

 

Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment St Aengus NS