Child Protection Policy

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY FOR BOARDS OF MANAGEMENT

 

CHILD PROTECTION AT Saint Luke's  NATIONAL SCHOOL

 

 

Schools have an obligation to provide students with the highest possible standard of care in order to promote their well being and protect them from harm.   School personnel are especially well placed to observe changes in behaviour, failure to develop or outward signs of abuse in children.

 

Mindful of this primary duty of care, the Board of Management of Saint Luke's National School fully endorses ‘Children First’, the designated guidelines for the protection and welfare of children issued by the Department of Health and Children, September 1999 and Child Protection Guidelines and Procedures’ issued  by the Department of Education and Science in April 2001.

 

  • The Board nominates Ms. Vivienne Bourke as the Designated Liaison Person (DLP) to act as a liaison with outside agencies such as health boards and as a resource person to any staff having child protection concerns.

 

In the absence of Ms, Vivienne Bourke, Mr Liam Neary will act as Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP).

 

  • The Board will ensure that appropriate and on going training as necessary will be available for the DLP and DDLP.

 

  • The Board fully endorses arrangements for the vetting of teaching and non-teaching staff as outlined in Circular 0094/2006 from the Department of Education and Science in June 2006.

 

  • Recognising that the safety and wellbeing of children attending the school is a priority, the Board undertakes to include (a) Child Protection and (b) Health and Safety matters as items on the agenda of all Board of Management meetings forthwith.

 

  • The Board will ensure that all school staff, teaching and non-teaching, are aware of their obligations under the guidelines detailed in ‘Children First’ and the procedures to be followed in the event of concern.

 

  • The Board recognises that it has two duties of care.  The primary duty is the protection, safety and welfare of the children attending Saint Luke's National School.   The Board as an employer also has duties and responsibilities towards its employees.

 

  • As an employer, the Board will seek legal advice if an allegation of abuse is made against a school employee.

 

  • The Board will adhere to the protocol outlined in ‘Child Protection Guidelines and Procedures’ Department of Education and Science, 2001 under Chapter 4:  “Allegations of Suspicions of Child Abuse by School Employees”, to authorise any actions required to protect the children in its care.   The Board notes that school employees may be subject to erroneous or malicious allegations.  Any allegation of abuse should be dealt with sensitively.   The employee should be treated fairly which includes the right not to be judged in advance of a full and fair enquiry.   The Board accepts that the principles of natural justice and fair procedures must be adhered to.

 

  • The Board believes that the academic, personal and social development of children flourishes in a culture where good relationships are encouraged, people feel valued and respected and appropriate support is available for those in difficulty.

 

  • The Board is committed to the maintenance of an environment where children feel secure, where they are encouraged to express themselves and are listened to.   All children in the school will be made aware that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried.   In addition, opportunities will be included in the curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to keep them safe.

 

  • The Board of Management undertakes to circulate this Child Protection policy statement to all parents and guardians at the time of enrolment and on a regular basis thereafter.  This policy statement and ‘Children First’ will also be available at the school office.

 

  • This policy statement regarding Child Protection at Saint Luke's National School applies to all staff, members of the Board of Management, volunteers and contractors working in the school. 
  • Child Safeguarding Statement – St. Luke’s NS 1 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. Child Safeguarding Statement – St. Luke’s NS 2 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 Child Safeguarding Statement – St. Luke’s NS 3 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: Chairperson of Board of Management Principal-V. Bourke  Date: 9/3/2018 Date: 9/3/2018 Date of next review: 8/3/2018
  • Please see link below to "Child Safeguarding Statement" full text. https://drive.google.com/open?id=155Hx3B280Ff8DQuj3qdDP1mL5Q-8YUCd
 
 

 

EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY CHILD IS DIFFERENT, UNIQUE AND SPECIAL.