Child Safeguarding Statement – Roxboro N.S.   

Roxboro 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 Roxboro 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 Michael Cleary
  • The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Mary Fallon
  • 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 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 DES website or will be made available on request by the school.

 

 

  • 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 14th March 2018.

 

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
Training of school personnel in Child Protection matters High Harm not recognised or reported promptly Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff

 

DLP& DDLP to attend PDST face to face training

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

 

BOM records all records of staff and board training

 

All staff to view Tusla training model & any other online training offered by PDST. Staff to furnish certificate of completion of Tusla training to BOM

 

One to one teaching Med Harm by school personnel Glass in all doors

Adult in the classroom is visible from the corridor

Care of Children with special needs, including intimate care needs High Harm by school personnel Policy on intimate care
Toilet areas High Inappropriate behaviour Supervision policy
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

Pupils from ethnic minorities/migrants

Members of the Traveller community

Pupils of minority religious faiths

Children in care

Med Bullying Anti-Bullying Policy

 

Code of Behaviour

 

 

 

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
Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils Med Harm from older pupils, unknown adults on the playground Arrival supervised by Teachers from 09.10, parents advised of this.

Supervision Policy

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

 

 

High Injury to pupils and staff Restraint Policy

Health & Safety Policy

Code Of Behaviour

Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum, support sports and other extra-curricular activities

 

Med Harm to pupils Evidence of vetting to be provided by organising body.

Teacher supervises coach’s contact time with the children

Students participating in work experience Low Harm by student Supervision Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement.

Recreation breaks for pupils Low Harm by school personnel or other pupils

 

Supervision policy, including having at least five adults on duty

 

Classroom teaching Low Harm by school personnel or other pupils

 

Supervision Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement.

Glass in doors

Outdoor teaching activities

 

Low Harm by school personnel or other pupils

 

Supervision Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement.

Sporting Activities

 

Low Harm by school personnel or other pupils

 

Supervision Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement.

Homework club/evening study

Breakfast club

n/a
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
School outings

 

High Harm by school personnel or other pupils or others

 

Supervision Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement.

School trips involving overnight stay

 

n/a
School trips involving foreign travel

 

n/a
Use of toilet/changing/shower areas in school Med Harm by school personnel or other pupils

 

Supervision Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

Separate changing areas for boys and girls

Provision of residential facilities for boarders

 

n/a
Annual Sports Day

 

Low Harm by school personnel or other pupils

 

Supervision Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

Fundraising events involving pupils

 

Low Harm by school personnel or other pupils

 

Supervision Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

Use of off-site facilities for school activities

 

 

High Harm by school personnel or other pupils or others

 

Supervision Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

 

School transport arrangements including use of bus escorts

 

Low Harm by school personnel or other pupils

 

Supervision Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement.

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
Care of any vulnerable adult students, including intimate care where needed

 

n/a
Administration of Medicine

Administration of First Aid

 

High Harm by school personnel

 

 Administration of Medication Policy

Accidents Policy

Supervision

 

Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils

 

Med Harm by other pupils Anti- Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

SPHE and RE

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

Harm not recognised or properly or promptly reported Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff

 

Staff to view Tusla training module & any other online training offered by PDST

 

Vetting Procedures

 

Policy of Parents / Volunteers

 

Policy on Visiting Contractors as part of Health and Safety Policy

Check references

Supervision Policy

Use of school premises by other organisation during school day

 

 

n/a
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 Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school

 

Med Bullying & accessing inappropriate material

 

ICT policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

Acceptable User Policy

Content Filtering administered by PDST

 

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

 

Med Harm to pupils Supervision Policy

Policy on Mobile Phones

Students participating in work experience in the school

 

Low Harm to pupils Supervision Policy
Student teachers undertaking training placement in school

 

Low Harm to pupils Supervision Policy
Use of video/photography/other media to record school events

 

Med Inappropriate use of this material Acceptable User Policy

Commitment given by Parents/Guardians on Enrolment Form

After school use of school premises by other organisations

 

n/a

 

 

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  March 14th  2018 It will be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

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