Swinford National School

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment January 2018 (Amended May 2018)

 

Written Assessment of Risk of Scoil Muire agus Treasa, Swinford NS

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 Muire agus Treasa, Swinford NS.

 

 

List of School Activities

 

Risk of Harm identified by School Procedures in Place to address Risk of Harm
Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils

 

Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel

 

 

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

Recreation breaks for pupils

 

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school

Risk of harm due to bullying of child

Risk of child being harmed in school by another child

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

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.

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.

Classroom teaching

 

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

Risk of child being harmed in school by another child

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school

Risk of harm to children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities

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

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

The school has a supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children.

The school has a Code of Behaviour policy for pupils.

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 Special Educational Needs policy.

One-to-one teaching

 

Risk of harm in one-to-one teaching situation All school personnel are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement.

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

The school has an SEN policy which outlines clear procedures for one-to-one teaching activities.

Outdoor teaching activities

 

Risk of child being harmed due to inadequate supervision of children

Risk of being  harmed by a member of school personnel

Risk of being harmed by another child

Risk of being harmed by a volunteer or visitor to the school

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 supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children.

The school has a Code of Behaviour policy for pupils.

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 will put in place a policy and procedures for the use of external persons to supplement delivery of the curriculum.

The school has a policy and procedures for the use of external persons to supplement delivery of the curriculum , ratified by the Board of Management on 15/03/2018.

Sporting activities

 

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

Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of another organisation or other person while child is participating in out of school activities

The school has a supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children and this will be updated to address supervision of children while attending out of school activities during school hours.

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

The school will put in place a policy and procedures for the use of external persons to supplement delivery of the curriculum.

The school has a policy and procedures for the use of external persons to supplement delivery of the curriculum , ratified by the Board of Management on 15/03/2018.

 

School outings

 

 

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

Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of another organisation or other person while child participation in out of school activities

The school has a supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children and this will be updated to address supervision of children while attending out of school activities during school hours.

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 policy which is being reviewed in respect of school outings

Use of toilet/changing areas in school

 

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

Risk of harm to children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities

Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel

Risk of child being harmed by another child

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

 

The school has a supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children

The school has an intimate care policy.

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

 

Annual Sports Day

 

Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of another organisation or other person while child is participating in annual sports day activities

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school and on school grounds

The school has a supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children

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 policy and procedures for the use of external persons to supplement delivery of the curriculum ratified by the Board of Management on 15/03/2018.

 

Fundraising Events involving pupils Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of another organisation or other person while child is participating in fundraising event – sponsored walk

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children on fundraising event – sponsored walk

The school has a supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children

 

Use of off-site facilities for school activities Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while attending out of school activities

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, school tour, swimming lessons.

Risk of harm to children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities

Risk of harm in one-to-one coaching situation

The school has a supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children

The school is in the process of reviewing its Health and Safety policy.

School transport arrangements including use of bus escorts Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while availing of school transport

Risk of harm to children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities

Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of another organisation or other person while child availing of school transport eg school tour, journey to/from swimming lessons/ journey to-from school in ASD class

The school has a supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children

The school is in the process of reviewing its 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.

 

Care of children with special educational needs, including intimate care where needed Risk of harm to children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities

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

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 supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children

The school has an intimate care policy

 

Management of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint where required Risk of harm due to inadequate code of behaviour

Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of another organisation

The school has a Code of Behaviour policy for pupils.

The school is in the process of reviewing its Health and Safety Policy.

Administration of Medicines Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel

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

The school is in the process of reviewing its Health and Safety Policy which includes a section on policy and procedures for the Administration of Medicines.

The school has a Policy and Procedures for the Administration of Medicines which was ratified by the Board of Management on 26/04/2018

Administration of First Aid Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel

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

The school is in the process of reviewing its Health and Safety Policy which includes a section on policy and procedures for the Administration of First Aid.

The school has a Policy and Procedures in place for the Administration of First Aid which was ratified by the Board of Management on 15/03/2018.

Curricular provision of SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel

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

The school implements in full the SPHE Curriculum.

The school implements in full the Stay Safe Programme.

The school implements in full the RSE  Programme

Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children

Risk of  harm due to bullying of child

Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship/communications between child and another child (children)

The school has a supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children

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.

Training of school personnel in child protection matters Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel

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

The school –

·         Will provide each member of school staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

·         Will 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

·         Maintains records of all staff and board member training

All school staff members have completed Child Safeguarding Training as of 15/03/2018. Certificates of training filed in each staff member’s file.

All Board of Management members have completed Child Safeguarding Training as of 26/04/2018.

Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum

 

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while external personnel are engaging in supplementary delivery of curriculum

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

Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of another organisation or other person while child engaged in school activities

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

The school is in the process of reviewing its Health and Safety Policy which includes a section on policy and procedures for use of external personnel to supplement curriculum delivery.

The school has a Garda Vetting Policy in place, ratified by the Board of Management on 15/03/2018.

The school has a policy and procedures for the use of external persons to supplement delivery of the curriculum , ratified by the Board of Management on 15/03/2018.

Use of external personnel to support sports and other extra-curricular activities Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while external personnel are engaging in delivery sports coaching, etc

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

Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of another organisation or other person while child engaged in school sports and other extra – curricular activities

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

The school is in the process of reviewing its Health and Safety Policy which includes a section on policy and procedures for use of external personnel to support sports and other extra- curricular activities.

The school has a supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children

The school has a Garda Vetting Policy in place, ratified by the Board of Management on 15/03/2018.

The school has a policy and procedures for the use of external persons to supplement delivery of the curriculum , ratified by the Board of Management on 15/03/2018.

 

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

·         Children in care

 

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 the school personnel

Risk of child being harmed by another child

Risk of child being harmed in the 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 school-based or out of school activities

Risk of harm due to bullying of child

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school and of children while attending out of school activities related to school

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

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 has a supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children

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 in place an Acceptable Usage Policy with regards to usage of ICT by pupils/staff.

Recruitment of school personnel including-

·         Teachers/SNAs

·         Caretaker/Secretary/Cleaners

·         Sports coaches

·         External Tutors/Guest Speakers

·         Volunteers/Parents in school activities

·         Visitors/contractors present in school during school hours

·         Visitors/contractors present during after school activities

Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel

Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of another organisation  or other person

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of pupils in school, in school grounds and during school based activities  eg Coding sessions which are conducted off school site eg swimming lessons, training for school football teams  etc

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 code of conduct for school personnel (teaching and non-teaching staff – contracts)

The school is in the process of reviewing its health and safety policy with will state policy and procedures in relation to external visitors/speakers/contractors present during school hours.

The school has in place a policy in relation to external visitors/speakers/contractors present during school hours  ratified by the Board of Management on 15/03/2018.

Participation by pupils in religious ceremonies/religious instruction external 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 religious ceremonies external to the school The school is in the process of reviewing its health and safety policy with will state policy and procedures in relation to external visitors/speakers/contractors present during school hours

The school has in place a policy in relation to external visitors/speakers/contractors present during school hours  ratified by the Board of Management on 15/03/2018.

Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school Risk of harm due to children inappropriately accessing/using computers, social media, phones and other devices while at school

Risk of harm due to children circulating  inappropriate material via social media, texting , digital device or other manner

The school has in place and Acceptable Use Policy relation to use of ICT by pupils and staff.
Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including detention of pupils, confiscation of phones, etc Risk of child being harmed in school by school personnel

Risk of child being harmed in school by another child

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of child

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

The school has a supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children

 

Students participating in work experience in the school Risk of child being harmed in the school by volunteer or visitor to the school

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school

The school is in the process of reviewing its health and safety policy which will state policy and procedures in relation to students participating in work experience in the school

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

 

Student teachers undertaking training placement in school Risk of child being harmed in the school by volunteer or visitor to the school

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school

The school is in the process of reviewing its health and safety policy which will state policy and procedures in relation to student teachers undertaking training placement in school.

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 in place a Policy on Garda Vetting ratified by the Board of Management on 15/03/2018.

The school has in place a Policy on Work Placement ratified by the Board of Management on 15/03/2018

 

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

The school has in place and Acceptable Use Policy relation to use of ICT by pupils and staff.
After school use of school premises by other organisations Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel

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

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

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 encourages staff to avail of relevant training

The school maintains records of all staff training

The school has in place a Policy on the Use of School After Hours which was ratified by the Board of Management on 15/03/2018

Use of school premises by other organisation during the school day Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of another organisation or visitor.

 

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 encourages staff to avail of relevant training

The school maintains records of all staff training

Security System in place on external doors.

     
     
     

 

 

 

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 February 8th 2018.   It shall be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

Signed Fr. Dermot Meehan                                           Date 08/02/2018

 

Chairperson, Board of Management

 

Signed Marian Thornburgh                                          Date 08/02/2018

 

Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management

 

 

Template 2: Child Safeguarding Statement Template

Scoil Muire agus Treasa 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 Scoil Muire agus Treasa, Swinford 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 Schools2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement

 

  • The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is   Marian Thornburgh.

 

  • The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP is Anne Glavey.

 

  • 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 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 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 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.

 

  • 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 8th February 2018.

 

Signed: Fr Dermot Meehan                                              Signed: Marian Thornburgh

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

 

 

Date:     8th February 2018                                               Date:    8th February 2018

 

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