Child Protection Policy

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

 

Written Assessment of Risk of Scoil San Phroinsias

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 San Phroinsias.

 

  1. List of school activities
·         Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils

·           Recreation breaks for pupils

·             Classroom teaching

·               One-to-one teaching

·                Outdoor teaching activities

·                Sporting Activities

·                 School outings

·                 Use of toilet/changing/shower areas in schools

·               Annual Sports Day

·                 Fundraising events involving pupils

·                 Use of off-site facilities for school activities

·                 School transport arrangements including use of bus escorts

·                Care of children with special educational needs, including intimate care where needed,

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

·                     Administration of Medicine

·                     Administration of First Aid

·                     Curricular provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe

·                     Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils

·                     Training of school personnel in child protection matters

·                     Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum

·        Use of external personnel to support sports and other extra-curricular activities

·                     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

·                     Recruitment of school personnel including –

–          Teachers/SNA’s

–          Caretaker/Secretary/Cleaners

–          Sports coaches

–          External Tutors/Guest Speakers

–          Volunteers/Parents/grandparents/guardians in school activities

–          Visitors/contractors present in school during school hours

–          Visitors/contractors present during after school activities

 

·                     Participation by pupils in religious ceremonies/religious instruction external to the school

·                     Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school

·                     Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including detention of pupils, confiscation of phones etc.

·                     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

·                     After school use of school premises by other organisations

·                     Use of school premises by other organisation during school day

·                     Homework club/evening study

Ø      Swimming – changing rooms, toilets, public gallery

Ø      Pupils interacting with children and adults in outside of school setting e.g. sports’

tournaments, plays, Peace Proms

Ø      Collection of pupils by other adults

Ø      Collection of pupils after concerts in the hall e.g. Christmas show

Ø      Toilets at yard times, early morning – going back into the school

Ø      Student teachers and work experience students to be fully aware of relevant school

policies, never to be left alone with a pupil, sign off on this

Ø      Pupils signed up for after school activities and not turning up even though they have been

in school that day

Ø      Pupils not collected after school or after activities

Ø      Carrying pupils in teachers’ cars

Ø      Attending mass

Ø      Parents, sibling and relatives of children visiting the school without permission

Ø      Self harm

Ø      Walking to school activities after school hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  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 bullying of child

·                     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

·                     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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  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

·                     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 has a yard/playground supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children during assembly, dismissal and breaks and in respect of specific areas such as toilets, changing rooms etc.

·                     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 DES circulars in relation to recruitment and Garda vetting

·                     The school has a codes of conduct for school personnel (teaching and non-teaching staff)

·                     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 in place an ICT policy in respect of usage of ICT by pupils

·                     The school has in place a mobile phone policy in respect of usage of mobile phones by pupils

·                     The school has in place a Critical Incident Management Plan

·                     The school has in place a Home School Liaison policy and related procedures

·                     The school has in place a policy and procedures for  the use of external persons to supplement delivery of the curriculum

·                     The school has in place a policy and procedures for the use of external sports coaches

·                     The school has in place a policy and clear procedures for one-to-one teaching activities

·                     The school has in place a policy and procedures in respect of student teacher placements

·                     The school has in place a policy and procedures in respect of students undertaking work experience in the school

Ø      Update parental consent re administration of medicine and intimate care needs

 

Ø      Remain in view at classroom door when bringing children into the toilet from the yard

 

Ø      Medicines to be kept up to date, stored safely and supplies kept in stock

 

Ø      Communicate with outside agencies regarding children with special needs

 

Ø      Car insurance for certain staff to cover for carrying passengers – principal, deputy principal, HSCL, caretaker, secretary. Always have a third person in the car if pupil is one of the passengers, have seatbelt secured and sit in the back seat of the car

 

Ø      Roll call at after school activities. If pupil is missing and known to be in school that day, contact parents as soon as possible to inform of same.

 

Ø      If pupil is not collected after school or activities, firstly go to one of the following –

secretary, principal, deputy principal, HSCL who will make contact with parent/s.

Otherwise, the phone in the deputy principal’s office is always available.

 

Ø      For outside of class or school activities e.g. shows, concerts, if pupil is being collected earlier than normal dismissal time, the parent must inform the class teacher.

All pupils and parent to be made aware of this.

 

Ø      When using video, photography, other media to record class and school events, staff to use school devices only and not personal devices.