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CHILD PROTECTION POLICY OF SCOIL CHOLMCILLE SENIOR N.S.,
BALLYBRACK, CO. DUBLIN.

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, practices and activities. Accordingly, in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Education and Skills’ Child Protection Procedures for Primary Schools, the Board of Management of Scoil Cholmcille S.N.S has agreed the following child protection policy:

1.  The Board of Management has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary Schools as part      of this overall child protection policy.
2.  The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is     Aidan Boyle
3.  The Deputy Designated Liaison Person  (Deputy DLP) is   Treasa Cronin
4.  In its policies, practices and activities, Scoil Cholmcille 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 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.  This section of the child protection policy should be used to list school polices, practices and activities that are particularly relevant to child protection (e.g. the Code of Behaviour / Anti bullying Policy, Pupil Attendance Strategy , Supervision of Pupils, Sporting Activities/School Outings.
The Child Protection Policy permeate all aspects of school life is reflected the school’s policies, practices and activities. Thus, the Child Protection Policy underpins the following policies

Ø The code of Behaviour
Ø Anti-Bullying Policy
Ø The health and Safety Policy
Ø The Enrolment Policy
Ø The Substance Use Policy
Ø The Parental Involvement Policy
Ø The Pupil Supervision Policy
Ø The Internet Acceptable Use Policy
Ø The Use of Photographs and Images of Children Policy
Ø The Mobile Phone Policy
Ø The Fire Drill + Evacuation Policy

The following principles of best practices are implemented in Scoil Cholmcille Senior  N.S.

1.  Review by the Board of Management

A review of the schools child protection policy will be conducted annually by the Board of Management as well as an action plan to address any areas of improvement identified by the review. The Board will inform school personnel that the review has been undertaken. A written notification that the review has been undertaken will be provided to the Parents’ Association.

2.  Curricular provision and child abuse prevention

The SPHE programme and Stay Safe Programme are delivered in Scoil Cholmcille Senior N.S. and children are developing the skills to recognise and resist potentially abusive situations. To address the skills needed by more vulnerable children, we seek parental consent for the child to attend a Play Therapist.

3.  Recruitment procedures and requirements for Garda vetting

The Board of Management complies with the Department’s circulars and legal requirements in relation to Garda vetting of school personnel and any other persons who have or may have unsupervised access to children. Vetting is only part of the thorough recruitment procedure employed by the Board. References are followed up  and Statutory /declaration Forms and Forms of Undertaking, compliant with the Departments requirements are sought.

4.  Training

In Scoil Cholmcille Senior N.S., we aim to develop a culture of awareness and knowledge among school personnel in child protection issues so that familiarity of procedures enable staff to fulfil their responsibilities. Information on training will be disseminated to all school personnel and reminders of procedures will take place annually at staff  meetings.

5.  Confidentiality

All school personnel are reminded of the need to treat confidentially any information regarding possible child abuse or neglect. Information is shared on a ‘need to know basis’ in the interest of the child. School personnel have been instructed to record as accurately as possible the facts of the case, using the child’s own words. The child’s name is not to be used (please refer to child protection guideline checklist for school employees, included in this policy document).

The policy has been made available to school personnel and the Parents’  Association and is readily accessible to parents  on request. It is also available on the school website lt www.scoilcholmcille.com



This policy has been  drawn up in accordance to procedures recently published in Children First National Guidance for the Protection & Welfare of Children 2011

The Child Protection Procedures for Primary & Post Primary Schools are published in an on-line format which can now be accessed on the Department of Education & Skills  website at www.education.ie >Child protection
This publication is available on the website of the Department of Children & Youth Affairs at
www.dcys.ie

This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year.
This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on ________________________
Signed: ____________________    Signed: __________________
            Chairperson of Board of Management.                 Principal.
Date: ______________________    Date: ____________________
Date of next review: ______________________________


 
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