Child Safeguarding Statement

 

Ballyleague 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 Ballylelague N.S. 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                           Annette Regan

  3. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP is   Martina Carroll

  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.  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 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 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. 

              

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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Child Safeguarding Risk of Ballyleague N.S.

 

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 Ballyleague N.S. 

 

The school has identified areas of potential risk of harm to pupils in the school environment.  The table below lists those potential risks and the procedures and / or policies in place for managing those risks.

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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 6th March 2018.  It shall be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

Risk

Level

High

 

 

High

Med

Low

Med

High

High

Low

Med

 

Med

Med

Low

Low

Low

High

Low

 

 

Med

High

Low

Low

The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment.

Child Safe Guarding Statement and DES procedures made available to all staff.  DLP and DDLP to attend PDST face to face training.

BOM retains all records and Board training.

Visiting staff and part-time teachers to comply with garda vetting and to be familiar with Child Safeguarding Statement.

Child Safeguarding Statement and DES Procedures will be made available to all staff.

Vetting Procedures

Supervision Policy

School will have glass panels in doors of all classrooms where one to one teaching takes place.

Child Safeguarding Statement and DES procedures will be made available to all staff.

Supervision Policy.

School will implement SPHE Policy RSE Stay Safe in full.

School has Intimate Care Needs Policy.

RSE and SPHE can be differentiated as appropriate.

 

 

 

Code of Behaviour Policy

Anti Bullying Policy

Health and Safety

Supervision Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour Policy

 

Acceptable Use I.C.T. Policy

Code of Behaviour Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Content Filtering administered by PDST

Acceptable Use I.C.T. Policy

Code of Behaviour Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Consent given by Parents/Guardians at Enrolment

Supervision Policy

Code of Behaviour Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Health & Safety Policy

Evidence of Garda Vetting

Work Experience Policy

All students over age of 16 to be garda vetted

Safeguarding Statement

Work Experience Policy

Safeguarding Policy

Supervision Policy

Safeguarding Statement

Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour Policy

Supervision Policy

Code of Behaviour Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Intimate Care Policy

Code of Behaviour Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Supervision Policy

Supervision Policy

Intimate Care & Toileting Needs Policy

Safeguarding Statement

Administration of Medication Policy

Supervision Policy

 

Supervision Policy

 

Supervision Policy

Safeguarding Statement

The School has identified the following Risk of Harm

Harm nor recognised or reported promptly

Harm not recognised or reported promptly

Harm by school personnel

Harm by school personnel or other pupils

Non-teaching of same

Harm by school personnel

Injury to pupils and staff

Bullying

 

 

Bullying and accessing inappropriate material

Inappropriate use of this material

Harm to pupils

Harm to pupils

Harm to pupils

 

Harm by school personnel or other pupils

Harm by school personnel or other pupils or others

Harm by school personnel or other pupils

Harm by school personnel or other pupils

Harm by school personnel

Harm to pupils

Harm by school personnel or other pupils

List of School Activities

Training of School Personnel in Child Protection Procedures

Recruitment of New Staff

External Speakers

Sport Coaches

One to One Teaching

Classroom Teaching

Curricular Provision of SPHE RSE Stay Safe

Care of Children with Special Needs including Intimate Care Needs

Managing Challenging Behaviour amongst Pupils and Separation

LGBT Children / Pupils perceived to be LGBT

Use of Information and Communication Technology by Pupils in School

Use of ICT to record school events

Use of external personnel/ coaches to supplement curriculum

Volunteers/Parents

Students on Work Experience.

Student Teachers on Placement

 

Outdoor Teaching Activities

School Tours / Educational Outings / Sporting Activities/

Swimming Lessons

Recreation breaks for pupils

Play Areas / Play-times during School Day

Toilet Breaks / Intimate Care Needs

Administration of Medicine

Administration of First Aid

Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils

Fundraising events involving pupils

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