Baltydaniel NS Child Safeguarding Statement

Baltydaniel NS 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 Baltydaniel  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 Schools 2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement
  • The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Colman Lane
  • The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Kathleen Murphy
  • 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 following procedures/measures are in place in BNS to protect the children and staff who care for them:
  • 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 child safeguarding statement. The name of the DLP and the DDLP are displayed in a prominent position in the hall as you enter the school building.
  • 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 this statement.
  • 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.
  • Any incidents, reports or advice sought will be reported by the principal at Board meetings and will be recorded in the minutes.

Note:  This list is not exhaustive and may be added to at various times.

  • This statement has been published on the school’s website and has been provided to all members of school personnel, Baltydaniel NS Parents’ Association and the patron, Bishop William Crean. 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 and will be on display in the school reception area.
  • 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 in April 2018, reviewed September 2019

Signed: Willie P. Hallihan                                     Signed: Colman Lane

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

 

Baltydaniel NS Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

 

Written Assessment of Risk of Baltydaniel NS, Roll no. 12447L

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 Baltydaniel NS.

 

  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 including swimming lessons

·                     School outings

·                     Use of toilet/changing/shower areas in schools

·                     Active Week

·                     Fundraising events involving pupils

·                     Use of off-site facilities for school activities

·                     School transport arrangements

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

·                     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

–          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/Cleaners, Secretary

–          Sports coaches

–          Guest Speakers

–          Volunteers/Parents in school activities

–          Visitors/contractors present in school during school hours

–          Visitors/contractors present during after school activities

·                     Participation by pupils in religious ceremonies

·                     Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school

·                     Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour

·                     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

·                     Homework Club

·                     Transporting pupils to matches

·                     Sensory room activities

 

This list is not exhaustive and may be added to from time to time.

 

 

 

  1. The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities –

 

1.      Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel

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

3.      Risk of child being harmed in the school by another child

4.      Risk of harm due to bullying of child

5.      Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school. This includes changing for concerts, school training, matches and swimming and supervision of pupils when guest speakers are present. It also applies to children waiting to be collected

6.      Risk of harm due to transporting pupils

7.      Risk of harm due to inappropriate physical contact

8.      Risk of harm due to children inappropriately accessing/using computers, social media, phones and other devices while at school

9.      Risk of harm to children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities.

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

11.  Risk of harm due to inadequate code of behaviour

12.  Risk of harm in one-to-one teaching

13.  Risk when opening the front door for visitors

This list is not exhaustive and may be added to from time to time.

 

 

 

  1. The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in

    this assessment –

1.       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.

2.      The school implements in full the Stay Safe Programme as part of the SPHE curriculum.

3.      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. Each class has a chat box where children are encouraged to put notes into from time to time.

4.      The school has a yard/playground supervision procedure to ensure appropriate supervision of children during school, morning time and breaks and in respect of specific areas such as toilets, changing rooms etc. Children are escorted to their parents in the school hall if they are going home early due to sickness/accident by their class teacher when possible. Parents are contacted immediately if children have accidents to the head. It is school procedure that staff on duty in the yard report any incidents of significance to the class teacher immediately after break otherwise minor incidents are dealt with in the yard.

5.      The school has a Health and Safety policy

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

7.      The school complies with the agreed disciplinary procedures for teaching staff

8.      The school has a Special Educational Needs policy

9.      The school has an intimate care plan in respect of students who require such care: Children with physical disabilities who require assistance at the toilet will be aided by 2 SNAs who have met the necessary screening requirements when employed by the school. Only one child at a time is permitted to use the toilet in any classroom. In the event of children wetting or soiling themselves parents or emergency contacts are notified. It a pupil for whatever reason cannot clean or change themselves and the parents cannot be contacted, the child will be assisted by an SNA that is familiar to the child and two SNAs will be present. The special needs pupil that does not need assistance while at the toilet will be accompanied by the SNA to the toilet door if needed. Physical contact between school personnel and the child should always be in response to the needs of the child. School personnel should avoid doing anything of a personal nature for the children that they can do for themselves. School personnel should avoid at all times being overly emotional or attached to the pupils as this is inappropriate and can leave staff members open to allegation.

10.  The school has in place an administration of medication policy in place.

11.  The school has procedures in place for the administration of First Aid: When administering First Aid staff will tend to children in a public area and in the event of an emergency situation there should always be more than one adult present. In the event of a child getting sick the same procedures apply as for toileting

12.  The school has in place a code of behaviour for pupils.

13.  The school has in place an ICT policy in respect of usage of ICT by pupils. School personnel use ipads for taking photos of pupils in relation to school activities. Staff use their own school laptops only for school business and never use personal devices for school business. There is a school filtering system in place and this censors the type of material children can access online.

14.  The school has in place procedures for mobile phones in respect of usage of mobile phones: Children are not permitted to make a phone call themselves on the school phone. Staff members will make the phone call if necessary, on their behalf. Staff are not permitted to use their personal phones during class time and if they need to make calls at break time this should be done privately.

15.  The school has in place a Critical Incident Management Plan

16.  The school has procedures in place for the use of guest speakers to supplement delivery of the curriculum: Visitors/guest speakers will never be left alone with pupils. School management will check the credentials of all such personnel and will ensure that the material in use is appropriate.

17.  The school has in place procedures for the use of external sports coaches

18.  Procedure for swimming lessons: Staff who take classes swimming should make sure that there are two adults in the dressing room at all times. The dressing room and pool area should be well supervised where possible.

19.  The school has in place clear procedures for one-to-one teaching activities: Staff should not be alone in a classroom with one child or detain a child on their own after school. In the case of special needs pupils where one to one teaching takes place and sensory breaks on an individual basis every effort is made to leave the door open and have a visual panel on the door of the room thus rendering the occupants visible.

20.  The school has in place, procedures in respect of student teacher placements

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

22.  The school has a set procedure in relation to pupils opening the front door: children are not permitted to open the front door to visitors. Only staff members are allowed to do so

23.  Transporting pupils: All staff are directed not to transport children in their own cars to school activities

24.  Changing procedures: children are sent two together to a classroom to get changed for sport. This will eliminate school staff being on their own with pupils.

25.  Homework club: two children are sent to get items from other classrooms so that there isn’t a child on their own moving around the school

26.  In 1st class the teacher will communication the pickup procedure at home time to parents clearly. The teacher will observe the children at home time for the first few weeks to ensure nobody is left behind on their own.

27.  Baltydaniel NS has a Facebook page. This is closely monitored at all times and in general, group pictures of pupils are only posted on the page.

 

 

 

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 ratified by the Board of Management in April 2018 and reviewed again in September 2019.  It shall be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

Signed: Willie Pat Hallihan Date: 30/09/2019

 

Chairperson, Board of Management

 

Signed: Colman Lane Date: 30/09/2019

 

Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management

 

 

Notification regarding the Board of Management’s review of the Child Safeguarding Statement

 

 

To: ____Bishop of Cloyne/Parents/Guardians/Staff/Pupils_________________________________

 

 

The Board of Management of ___BALTYDANIEL N.S______ wishes to inform you that:

 

  • The Board of Management’s annual review of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement was completed at the Board meeting of ___30/09/2019____________ [date].

 

  • This review was conducted in accordance with the “Checklist for Review of the Child Safeguarding Statement” published on the Department’s ‘website www.education.ie

 

 

Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________

 

Willie P. Hallihan                                                                           30/09/2019

Chairperson, Board of Management

 

 

Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________

 

Colman Lane                                                               30/09/2019

Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management