Child Safeguarding Statement

Two Mile Community National 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 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 Two Mile Community National School has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.

The Children First Act 2015 has informed the development of this school policy and this policy is fully compliant with the spirit and content of the Department of Education and Skills Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 and the Children First Act 2015.

 

1. 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

2. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Catherine Barry.

3. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP) is Pádraig Ó Suilleabháin.

4. 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.

5. 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 abovenamed DLP as the “relevant person” (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the 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, 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.  

 

6. 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.

7. 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 _________________ [date].

 

Signed: _________________________ Signed: ____________________________

 

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

 

     Date:    __________________________ Date:    ___________________

Written Assessment of Risk of Two Mile Community National School

 

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 Two Mile Community National School.     

 

 

1.List of school activities

Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils.

Recreation breaks for pupils.

Classroom teaching.

Extra-curricular activities (eg) running club.

School trips.

Sports Day.

Prevention of and dealing with bullying.

In-service training of staff in curricular areas.

In-service training of staff in child protection matters.

Students from colleges participating in work placement in the school.

Use of cameras to record school events.

Participation in events/shows in other schools.

 

2. 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 school by school personnel.

Risk of child being harmed by another child.

Risk of child being harmed in school by a 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, (eg) school trip, swimming.

Risk of harm due to bullying of child.

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school


3. 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 Policy.

The Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 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 teachers are required to adhere to the Children First Act 2015.

The school implements in full the Stay Safe programme.

The school implements in full the SPHE curriculum.

The school has an anti-bullying policy and fully adheres to the requirements of the DES Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools.

The school has a Health and Safety Policy.

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

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

The school has provided each member of staff with a copy of the Safeguarding Statement.

The school ensures that all new staff are provided with a copy of the Safeguarding Statement.

The school encourages all staff to avail of relevant training.

The school maintains records of all staff and board member training.

 

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 16th April 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