Child Safeguarding Statement

Child Safeguarding Statement

St. Luke’s NS 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. Luke’s NS 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      Vivienne Bourke

The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Liam Neary

 

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.

 

 

1     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; and 
  • 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.

 

     

2     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. 

 

 

3     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 9/3/2018 and will be reviewed on 8/3/2019.

 

Signed: Michael Broderick                                  Signed: Vivienne Bourke

Chairperson of Board of Management               Principal

 Date: 9/3/2018                                                   Date: 9/3/2018

Date of next review: 8/3/2019

 

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 Tusla training module & any other online training offered by PDST

 

BOM records all records of staff and board training

Propose : September each year Child Protection addressed at Staff Meeting/CP time to ensure all new staff are aware of CP/ current staff refreshed procedures.

 

Update training every three years (2021 review) – upskilled.

 

CPD courses can be under taken by staff – Well being, SPHE, Stay Safe Course, RES courses during CP time.

 

One to one teaching

Med

Harm by school personnel

School has policy in place for one to one teaching

Open doors

Table between teacher and pupil

Glass in window

Child to be collected by teacher and returned by teacher to class.

Care of children with special needs, including intimate care needs

High

Harm by school personnel

Policy on intimate care to be agreed by staff &b BOM

Permission from parents to change children

Always make sure another adult is present when changing a child.

Inform parents of incident.

IBP prepared for a child regarding intimate care needs.

Toilet areas

High

Inappropriate behaviour

Usage and supervision policy – Jun/Sen policy that maybe different to gender different toilet First – Sixth. Policy to be agreed by staff & BOM.

Only one toilet used during breaktime and SNA monitor toilet a break time

One child in the toilet at time.

Permission from parents to change children in case of accident –two adults present always.

 

Curricular Provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay safe.

Med

Non-teaching of same

School implements SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe in full

CP time to be used to upskill staff on above.

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

High

Injury to pupils and staff

Health & Safety Policy

Code Of Behaviour

IBP

Exit Strategy to get class out of the room if there is extremely challenging behaviour.

 

Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils

Med

Harm from other pupils, unknown adults on the playground

Traffic on avenue

Arrival and Dismissal Policy & Procedures to be agreed by staff and BOM.

Supervision Policy to be agreed by staff and BOM.

Traffic Management Policy & Procedures to be agreed by staff and BOM.

Health & Safety Policy.

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

Med

Harm from other pupils, unknown adults on the playground

Traffic on avenue

Inappropriate behaviour

Supervision Policy Teachers/SNAs/DLP/DDLP to be agreed by staff and BOM.

Traffic Management Procedures in place

Health & Safety Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement.

Recreation breaks for pupils

High

Injury to pupils/Bullying

Harm not recognised or properly or promptly reported

Policy & Procedures in place (Pink & green folders)

Photographs of high risk children

Hi – Viz jackets

Health & Safety Policy

Code Of Behaviour

Child Safeguarding Statement.

Classroom teaching

Low

Personal injuries

Allergic reactions

Flight risks

Bullying

Internet Safety

Code of Behaviour

Anti-bullying

Red folder & medical boxes (administering medication)

Health & Safety Policy

RSE Policy

Acceptable use policy

Child Safeguarding Statement.

Outdoor teaching activities

 

High

Personal injury

Unknown adults around

Road safety

Allergic reactions

Bullying

Flight risks

Lack of supervision

Health & Safety policy

Supervision policy to be agreed by staff and BOM.

Code of behaviour

Anti bullying

SPHE policy

Red folder & medical boxes (administering medication)

Child Safeguarding Statement.

Sporting Activities

 

High

Personal injury

Unknown adults around

Road safety

Allergic reactions

Bullying

Flight risks

Lack of supervision

Health & Safety policy

Supervision policy to be agreed by staff and BOM.

Code of behaviour

Anti bullying

SPHE policy

Red folder & medical boxes (administering medication)

Child Safeguarding Statement.

Choir

Low

Personal injury

Road safety (outings)

Chid protection (outings)

Bullying

Health & Safety policy

SPHE policy

Red folder & medical boxes (administering medication)

Supervision policy to be agreed by staff and BOM.

Code of Behaviour

Child Safeguarding Statement.

Sports Coaches

Med

Harm to pupils

Policy & Procedures in place

Students participating in work experience

Low

Harm by student

Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

 

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

Educational Trips/Matches

 

High

Heightened exposure to risk because of different environment.

Teachers will follow the school tour protocol.

Use of toilet in class

Med

Inappropriate Behaviour,  risk heightened particularly when breaks are being taken indoors/class teacher not present

Rule for use of toilet – one child per toilet at a time

Use of toilet requires permission from supervising adult.

Use of toilet outside of class

High

First aid toilet - room 49 and SET rooms

Use of nearest classroom

Toileting policy to be agreed by staff and BOM.

Changing for sport activities

High

Exposure to inappropriate behaviour

Supervision policy to be agreed by staff and BOM.

Annual Sports Day

High

Heightened exposure to risk because of different environment.

Sports day policy to be agreed by staff and BOM.

 

Annual Art Exhibition

N/A

Heightened exposure to risk because of different environment.

N/A

Annual Science Exhibition

N/A

Heightened exposure to risk because of different environment.

N/A

Extra-curricular activities taking place on school premises led by external facilitators eg cycling

Low

Heightened exposure to risk because of different environment.

Class teacher always present and supervising during activity.

Use of off-site facilities for school activities

 

High

Heightened exposure to risk because of different environment.

Teachers will follow the school tour protocol.

School transport arrangements including use of bus escorts

 

Med

Harm to pupils

Harm not recognised or properly or promptly reported

N/A

Intercultural day

High

New foods, New visitors to school

Garda Vetting

Visitor badges to be agreed by staff and BOM.

Volunteers/Parents

Med

Harm to pupils

Vetting Procedures

Policy for Parents/Volunteers to be agreed by staff and BOM.

 

 

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

Management of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint where required

High

Physical harm

Child Behaviour Policy

Code of Discipline

Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff

Administration of First Aid

High

Inaccessible equipment

Non functioning equipment

Out of date equipment

Lack of adequate provisions e.g. ice packs

Provision of defibrillator

Health & Safety Policy

Training courses in relevant equipment e.g. EpiPens, defibrillator, First Aid

Administration of Medicine

 

High

Allergic reaction to medicines administered

Unnecessary medication

Red boxes & red folders provided in all classrooms

Written consent from parents

Administration of Medicine Policy

Curricular provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe

Med

Non-teaching of same

School implements SPHE, RSE and Stay Safe in full

SPHE Policy

RSE Policy

Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils

 

High

Increased anxiety

Physical harm

Low self esteem

 

Child Behaviour Policy

SPHE Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Cyber Bulling Policy

Training of school personnel in child protection matters

Low

Oversight of children at possible risk

Inservice training on relevant legislation e.g. Child First 2015

Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum

 

 

High

Non vetted people interacting with the children

Non implementation of school’s policies e.g Child Behaviour Policy

Disclosure of confidential information

Staff supervision of external personnel

Training of external personnel in school policies

Garda Vetting Policy

Non disclosure agreement for external school personnel to be agreed by staff and BOM.

                                                                       

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

Care of pupils with specific vulnerabilities/ needs such as 

  • 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

 

High

  • Inappropriate behaviour
  • Injury to pupils
  • Bullying
  • Harm not recognised or properly or promptly reported
  • Harm by school personnel
  • Harm by other adults
  • Discrimination on access to enrolment
  • Anti-bullying policy
  • Implementation of Stay Safe, RSE and SPHE programmes
  • Code Of Behaviour
  • Arrival and dismissal Policy & Procedures
  • Supervision Policy Teachers/SNAs
  • Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff
  • Confidential record keeping
  • Admissions policy
 

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

Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school

 

High

Bullying

Staff not following policies & procedures

Youtube access (Filtering not sufficient)

Children having smartphones/watches

 

ICT policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

Acceptable Usage Policy

Mobile phone policy to be agreed by staff and BOM.

Phones collected by teacher at start of day

Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including, yellow and red cards, confiscation of phones** etc.

 

Med

Excessive reaction and repercussion at home.

Children’s safety on journey home if phone confiscated.

Refer to DLP before applying sanction.

 

Parents contacted if phone confiscated.(parents to collect phone)

Mobile phone policy to be agreed by staff and BOM.

Students participating in work experience in the school

 

Med

No Garda Vetting

Use of devices, social media.

Unaware of school policies and code of behaviour, anti-bullying etc.

How to react to a situation that arises with a placement student.

Injured in the grounds/building.

 

Visitor/volunteer/work-experience policy to be agreed by staff and BOM.

 

Student teachers undertaking training placement in school

 

Low

Following correct procedures and policies.

Student teacher receiving a disclosure.

 

Class teacher to supervise, advise and guide student teacher.

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

 

Low

Schools media designated

Parents sign permission slip for pupils on admission to school

Photographs of children only taken in groups

 

 

 

 

 

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 9/3/2018  It will be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

  

Signed           Michael Broderick                                                               Date 9/3/2018

Chairperson, Board of Management

 

Signed            Vivienne Bourke                                                                 Date 9/3/2018

Principal/Secretary Board of Management

EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY CHILD IS DIFFERENT, UNIQUE AND SPECIAL.