Model Primary School Child protection Policy

Monaghan Model School is a primary school providing primary education to pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.


Mandatory Template 1: Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment Template

Child Safeguarding Statement

Monaghan Model School 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 Addendum to Children First (2019), 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 Monaghan Model School 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 Mrs Linda Mills
  • The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Mrs Rhonda Stewart
  • 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 DE 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 Department of Education and available on the DE 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 school’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 and the Addendum to Children First (2019), 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 included with the Child Safeguarding Statement.
  • The various procedures referred to in this Statement can be accessed via the school’s website, the DE 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 23rd November 2021

This Child Safeguarding Statement was reviewed by the Board of Management on 23rd November 2021

 

Signed: Ian Berry                                                    Signed: Linda Mills

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

Date:  23rd November 2021                                                 Date:  23rd November 2021

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

Written Assessment of Risk of Monaghan Model School

In accordance with section 11 of the Children First Act 2015 and with the requirements of Chapter 8 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, the following is the Written Risk Assessment of Monaghan Model School.    

 

  1. List of school activities

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Training of school personnel in Child Protection matters

One to one teaching

Care of Children with special needs, including intimate care needs

Use of toilet/bathroom areas in schools

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

Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils

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

Sports Coaches

Recreation breaks for pupils

Outdoor teaching activities

Sporting Activities

School outings/ accessing local amenities

Annual Sports Day

Use of off-site facilities for school activities

School transport arrangements including use of bus escorts

Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils

Training of school personnel in child protection matters

Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum

Care of pupils with specific vulnerabilities linked to identity

Recruitment of school personnel including -

·       Teachers

·       SNA’s

·       Caretaker/Secretary/Cleaners

·       Sports coaches

·       External Tutors/Guest Speakers

·       Volunteers/Parents in school activities

Online teaching and learning remotely

Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including detention of pupils

Students participating in work experience in the school

Student teachers undertaking training placement in school

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

Visitors/contractors present during after school activities

Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school, including social media

 

  1. The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities -

·               Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel

·               Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by school personnel

·               Risk of child being harmed in the school by a member of school personnel

·               Risk of child being harmed in the school by another child

·               Risk of child being harmed in the school by volunteer or visitor to the school

·               Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of another organisation or other person while child participating in out of school activities e.g. school trip, swimming lessons 

·               Risk of harm due to inappropriate use of online remote teaching and learning communication platform such as an uninvited person accessing the lesson link.

·               Risk of harm due to bullying of child

·               Risk of harm due to racism

·               Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school

·               Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while attending out of school activities

·               Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship/communications between child and another child or adult

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

·               Risk of harm to children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities, including medical vulnerabilities

·               Risk of harm to child while a child is receiving intimate care

·               Risk of harm due to inadequate code of behaviour

·               Risk of harm in one-to-one teaching, counselling, coaching situation

·               Risk of harm caused by member of school personnel communicating with pupils in an inappropriate manner via social media, texting, digital device or other manner

·               Risk of harm caused by member of school personnel accessing/circulating inappropriate material via social media, texting, digital device or other manner

·               Risk of harm from students on work placement/ work experience

·               Risk of harm by external sports coaches or other facilitators conducting lessons with pupils

 

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

in this assessment -

              All school personnel are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

·               The Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 are made available to all school personnel

·               School Personnel are required to adhere to the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 and all registered teaching staff are required to adhere to the Children First Act 2015 and it’s Addendum (2019)

·               The school implements in full the Stay Safe Programme

·               The school implements in full the SPHE curriculum

·               The school has an Anti-Bullying Policy which fully adheres to the requirements       of the Department’s Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools

·               The school undertakes anti-racism awareness initiatives

·               The school has a yard/playground supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children during, assembly, dismissal and breaks.

·               All rooms have glass panel in doors or window at eye level. Doors are left open during one to one teaching sessions

·               The school has in place a policy and clear procedures in respect of school outings 

·               The school has a Health and safety policy 

·               The school adheres to the requirements of the Garda vetting legislation and relevant DE circulars in relation to recruitment and Garda vetting

·               The school complies with the agreed disciplinary procedures for teaching staff

·               The school has a Special Educational Needs policy

·               The school has an intimate care policy/plan in respect of students who require such care

·               The school has in place a policy and procedures for the administration of medication to pupils

·               The school –

o   Has provided each member of school staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

o   Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

o   Encourages staff to avail of relevant training

o   Encourages board of management members to avail of relevant training

o   Maintains records of all staff and board member training

·               The school has in place a policy and procedures for the administration of First Aid

·               The school has in place a code of behaviour for pupils

·               The school has an Acceptable Use Policy in place, to include provision for online teaching and learning remotely, and has communicated this policy to parents

·               The school has in place a policy governing the use of smart phones and tablet devices in the school by pupils as per circular 38/2018

·               The school has in place a Critical Incident Management Plan

·               All external sports coaches and facilitators will be Garda Vetted by the school or   a Joint Agreement will be sought with the organisation being represented.

·               Third level students who are already garda vetted by their college will be asked to provide a copy of their vetting. If not already vetted by college the principal will initiate the vetting process and ensure vetting certificate is received prior to commencement of placement.

·               Transition year students seeking work experience who are over 16 will be Garda Vetted with parental consent prior to commencement of placement.

·               Policy on storage and use of school photographs & videos

 

 

 

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.

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