Child Safeguarding Statement

Child Safeguarding Statement

Glenville 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 Glenville National 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: Oisín Dunne
  • The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is: Mairéad O’Callaghan

 

  • 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. The school will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare. The school will:

 

  1. recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations
  2. fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children
  3. fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters
  4. 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
  5. develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children; and
  6. 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:
    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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:
      1. Has provided each member of staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
      2. Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
  • Encourages staff to avail of relevant training
  1. Encourages Board of Management members to avail of relevant training
  2. The Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board member training.

 

  1. 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
  2. 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. Where the allegation or concern relates to the DLP, the member of school personnel
    shall, without delay, report the matter to the Chairperson of the board of management
  • 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

 

  • 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 18/10/18

 

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

Written Assessment of Risk of Glenville 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 Glenville National School.

 

  1. List of school activities
A.     Training of School Personnel in Child Protection

B.      Class teaching

C.      Pupils working with a member of staff on a one to one basis – Movement/Sensory breaks, Special Education Teaching and other possible reasons.

D.     Care of children with special needs/intimate care needs

E.      Curricular provision of SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe

F.      Arrival and dismissal of pupils

G.     Recreation/break times on yard and in class

H.     Out of school grounds/hours events – swimming, sports activities, training and matches, plays, school tours and excursions, religious ceremonies

I.        Homework club –run by class teachers

J.        Administration of Medicines/First Aid

K.     Substitute teachers or SNAs, visiting teachers, coaches, presenters or contractors, sales people, bus drivers, local priest, NEPs Psychologist, SENO, etc.

L.      Use of ICT in school by staff and pupils

M.    Student teachers and work experience pupils from secondary school.

N.     Use of the school lift

O.     School Buses to school events –matches, tours, outings, swimming

P.      Promotion of positive behaviour, prevention of and dealing with negative behaviour and bullying amongst pupils.

Q.     Use of toilets.

 

 

  1. The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities –
School Activity (outlined above) Risks of Harm
A, B, C, K

 

 

B, C, D, K, I, M, N, O, Q

 

 

L

 

 

 

F, G, H, N

Harm not recognised or reported promptly or procedures not followed properly

 

Harm perpetrated by school personnel, substitutes, visiting teachers, coaches, presenters and others as listed above who may visit the school. Harm perpetrated pupils on other pupils or bullying by other pupils.

 

Harm caused by cyber bullying, not being cyber safe, seeing inappropriate content or harm caused by a lack of cyber ethics, using smart phones in school

 

Harm caused by inadequate supervision at arrival and departure times, breaks or at out of school events, matches etc.

 

 
  1. The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment –
School Activity – Risk of Harm – Procedures in Place

 

A, B, C, KHarm not recognised/reported, procedures not followed-

–          School’s Child Safeguarding Statement & Risk Assessment & DES Child Protection Procedures 2017 are available to all staff.

–          All staff have completed TUSLA training module & have presented certificates to Principal.

–          Staff completed PDST Training and this is recorded in Principal’s report to the Board of Management

 

K – Visitors to the school are accompanied by teachers or school staff when working with children and are not left alone with children.

–          Visiting teachers, outside professionals are Garda Vetted by the DES, Diocese or relevant Authority.

–          Sales people/contractors/workers are not permitted into the school, unless accompanied by a staff member.

BPupils working with a member of staff on a one to one basis – For example, movement breaks, sensory breaks, Special Education Teaching and for other possible reasons.

–          The above will happen when necessary or when recommended.

–          Children taken on a one to one basis will be in rooms with glass doors.

–          Special Education Teachers have a timetable displayed in the office so it is known who they are working with and what time they work with them.

–          Special Education Teachers are encouraged to use an in class support model and remove groups of children from the class if necessary.

 

LICT Internet related harm – The school’s firewall supplied by the NCSE filters internet content.

–          Staff supervise children when they are online in school and children are not permitted to participate in games or activities that allow messaging, social media or emailing each other, school staff or strangers.

–          Children are not allowed to bring smart phones or similar devices into school. See school’s acceptable usage policy.

 

B, C, F, G, H, I, NBullying related harm– Policies in place – Anti-Bullying Policy, Code of Discipline

–          Discreet teaching of Stay Safe, SPHE & RSE

–          Supervision Procedures in place, which are outlined below (after Risk of Inadequate supervision).

 

EImplementation of Stay Safe, SPHE, RSE- Principal to monitor Cúntaisi Miosúla

 

F, G, HInadequate Supervision – The Deputy Principal draws up a rota for yard supervision.

–          Pupils are supervised by the teacher on duty from 9:10 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. on normal school days. The teacher on duty normally supervises the yard that day at each break.

–          The teacher on duty supervises the children in the yard at the school gates at 3 p.m.

–          Pupils are escorted by their class teachers to their classrooms from the yard at 9:20 and after breaks. Class teachers escort pupils to the yard at breaks and at home time.

–          An adequate number of school personnel are brought to all events, trips or excursions – the number of school personnel may vary depending on the number of children and that group of children’s particular needs.

 

JAdministration of Medicines – Administration of Medicines Policy is in place.

–          Parents must sign and fill in an Administration of Medicines form giving their consent and all relevant information.

 

N, QLift & Toilets – Each classroom has its own pupil toilets and procedures to ensure only one pupil is in the toilet at any one time.

–          On breaks, pupils must ask to go to the toilets.

–          Staff have separate toilets.

–          Staff are advised to assist pupils who are distressed or who have soiled themselves in the toilets only when another adult is present, though this may not always be possible.

–          Pupils will only use the school lift if necessary and under supervision. There is an emergency call button in the lift should it break down while children are in it.

 

 

 

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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