Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment 20.11.2018

 

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

 

Written Assessment of Risk of Scoil Réalt na Mara Cromane

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 Scoil Réalt na Mara Cromane.

 

 

List of school activities

 

The sc The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities –

 

The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment
Training of school personnel in Child Protection matters Harm not recognised or reported promptly Child Safeguarding Statement (prepared 20/3/18) & DES procedures made available to all staff and substitute staff.

 

DLP (Séamus Shaughnessy) & DDLP (Kevin Corkery) have attended PDST face to face training in May and October 2018.  All Staff have viewed the online TUSLA training module & the PDST other online training FOR mandated persons.

 

BOM records all records of staff and board training.  Record sheet prepared in office.

One to one teaching Harm by school personnel School has policy in place for one to one teaching

SEN rooms and library to be fitted with doors with glass vision panels. 

Table between teacher and pupil

Teacher and pupils to be aware of and respect personal boundaries.

Care of children with special needs Harm by school personnel Special Education Needs Policy

(for review by S.S. & S.M.)

Toilet areas Inappropriate behaviour Toilet areas and corridors to be supervised by staff on yard duty during breaks.  Generally pupils will not be in their classrooms during breaks.

Library door is to be left open at all times. 

Curricular Provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe Non-teaching of same School implements SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe in full.  SPHE Policy to be revised periodically. Stay Safe Programme was updated recently and this is carried out every year.
LGBT Children/Pupils perceived to be LGBT Bullying Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

Recruitment of new staff Harm not recognised or properly or promptly reported Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff and substitute staff

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

Managing of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of Careful Handling Injury to pupils and staff Health & Safety Policy

Code of Behaviour

Sports Coaches and external personnel to support the Curriculum Harm to pupils Policy & Procedures in place including Gárda vetting. 

All interactions between students and visitors to be supervised by relevant class teachers at all times.

 

Volunteers/ Parents Harm to pupils Vetting procedures Policy for parents/ volunteers

All interactions between students and visitors to be supervised by relevant class teachers at all times.

Use of Information & Communication Technology by pupils in schools Bullying  / Grooming / Inappropriate contact/ accessing inappropriate material online ICT policy (NCTE filters unsuitable websites).  Children are not allowed to bring their own devices to school. 

 

The school Anti-Bullying Policy and

Code of behaviour are reviewed regularly.  SPHE programme taught in full every year.

Internet Safety courses for children occur regularly.

Risk of harm due to children inappropriately accessing / using computers, social media, phones and other devices while at school. ICT Policy

NCTE filtering

Children not allowed to have any devices with internet access in school.

School outings Harm to pupils Adequate Teacher and/or SNA supervision and parental help if deemed necessary.  3 adults min on school tours.
School Transport arrangements Harm to pupils Bus Eireann and private bus operators are all vetted by their organisations.
Prevention and dealing with  bullying amongst pupils Harm to children/ bullying Anti-bullying Policy & Bullying Prevention Procedures in place. CF Friends for Life and SPHE Curriculum.
Care of pupils with specific vulnerabilities/needs Harm to children/bullying Policies & Procedures in place / SEN Policy
Students participating in work experience in the school Harm to children/bullying Policies & Procedures in place.  Work experience students never to be left with pupils without teacher present.
Student teachers undertaking placement training in school Harm to children Policies & Procedures in place.  Student teachers never to be left with pupils without teacher present.
Risk of harm due to inadequate Code of Behaviour Harm to children Annual review of the Code of Behaviour
Supervision of children awaiting collection after 3pm   Parents encouraged to pick up their children from school promptly.

 

 

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 February 12th, 2018.

It shall 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

 

 

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Child Safeguarding Statement 20.11.2018

 

Child Safeguarding Statement 2018

Scoil Réalt na Mara 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 Scoil Réalt na Mara 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 Mr Séamus Shaughnessy Principal

 

  • The Deputy Designated Liaison Person Deputy DLP is Mr Kevin Corkery. (October 2018).

 

  • 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 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 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 _________________

 

Signed: _________________________                Signed: ____________________________

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

Date:     __________________________                         Date:    ___________________