Child Safeguarding Statement
Scoil Bhríde is a primary/post-primary school providing primary/post-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 Addendum to Children First (2019), 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 Scoil Bhríde 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 Denis Doheny.
- The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Marie Dunne.
- 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 school’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 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 24th June 2022.
This Child Safeguarding Statement was reviewed by the Board of Management on 24th June 2022
Signed: Fr. Martin Delaney Signed: Denis Doheny
Chairperson of Board of Management Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management
Date: 24th June 2022 Date: 24th June 2022
Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment
Written Assessment of Risk of Scoil Bhríde
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 [Name of School]
- List of school activities:
- The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities:
Examples of Risks of Harm:
- The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment:
Procedures in place to address risks
Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff
DLP& DDLP to attend training
All Staff to view Túsla training module & online training offered by PDST
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
BOM records all records of staff and board training.
The school adheres to the requirements of the Garda Vetting Legislation and relevant DES circulars in relation to recruitment and Garda Vetting.
Child Protection on the agenda of all board meetings
Special Education Policy – In place and there are open doors or glass in door/window
Table between teacher and pupil where appropriate. Special Ed teachers endeavour to work with children in groups but sometimes it is necessary to work on a one to one basis depending on the child’s needs.
Administration of Medication
Two staff members to be present when intimate care needs are being addressed. Pupil Care Plans are in place for pupils requiring medical assistance while in school and these are reviewed annually.
School implements SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe programmes in full
Arrival and Dismissal
Upon arrival at school, pupils are supervised outside from 8:45.
At home time Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class are brought out by the class teacher to the front of the school and the pupils are lined up and not let go until parent / guardian collects.
Adequate supervision in place at break times.
Scheduled Yard Supervision rota is displayed in the staff room. If there’s an issue the teacher will address the issue and report immediately.
Pupils encouraged to tell a teacher if they feel unsafe.
In the event of an incident, parents and Emergency Services are contacted if deemed necessary.
Incident Reports are written up on Aladdin as soon as possible after happening.
Children to go in pairs if doing a message eg. going to get something from the office.
Health & Safety Policy in place.
Acceptable Internet Policy in place.
Code of Behaviour and Anti bullying Policy in place.
In-school sports coaching or activities such as violin /hip hop/drumming – teacher to be present.
Students participating in work experience – to be supervised by classroom teacher.
Trips around the locality – Constant and vigilant supervision by teachers
School day-trips/outings – School Trip Protocol
Adequate supervision by teachers
Use of video/photos/other media to record school events – Parental permission is sought when entering the school in Junior Infants.
Pupils not allowed to have any recording device (mobile phone, smart watch etc.) in school.
Acceptable Internet Policy in place.
|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.