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-
· 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 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.
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.
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 Child Protection Procedures for Primary & Post Primary Schools are published in an on-
This policy has been drawn up in accordance to procedures recently published in Children First National Guidance for the Protection & Welfare of Children 2011
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: ______________________________