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Baltydaniel NS Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

Baltydaniel National School 12447L

Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment Template

Child Safeguarding Statement

Baltydaniel 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 Addendum to Children First (2019), 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 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 COLMAN LANE (principal)
  • The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is KATHLEEN MURPHY (deputy principal)
  • 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 DE 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 Department of Education and available on the DE 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 abovenamed DLP as the “relevant person” (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the schools 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 and the Addendum to Children First (2019), 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 included with the Child Safeguarding Statement.
  • The various procedures referred to in this Statement can be accessed via the school’s website, the DE 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 13th December 2021

This Child Safeguarding Statement was reviewed by the Board of Management on 13th December 2021

Signed: Willie Pat Hallihan                              Signed: Colman Lane

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

Date: 13/12/2021                                               Date: 13/12/2021


Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

Written Assessment of Risk of Baltydaniel National School

In accordance with section 11 of the Children First Act 2015 and with the requirements of Chapter 8 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, the following is the Written Risk Assessment of [name of school].


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

· Online teaching and learning

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


2.  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

14. Risk due to inappropriate behaviour while online

15. Risk due to Covid 19

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


 
3.  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/post 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 allegations.

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. Mobile phone/Smart device policy

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. Code of conduct for external agencies policy

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. Please see our one – to – teaching policy.

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 communicate 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.

28. The school has in place a policy for remote teaching and learning

29. Baltydaniel NS has procedures and a risk assessment in place to prevent the risk/spread of Covid19




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.



Checklist for Review of the Child Safeguarding Statement


The Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 require that the Board of Management must undertake a review of its Child Safeguarding Statement and that the following checklist shall be used for this purpose. The review must be completed every year or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the Child Safeguarding Statement refers. Undertaking an annual review will also ensure that a school also meets its statutory obligation under section 11(8) of the Children First Act 2015, to review its Child Safeguarding Statement every two years.

The checklist is designed as an aid to conducting this review and is not intended as an exhaustive list of the issues to be considered. Individual Boards of Management shall include other items in the checklist that are of relevance to the school in question.

As part of the overall review process, Boards of Management should also assess relevant school policies, procedures, practices and activities vis a vis their adherence to the principles of best practice in child protection and welfare as set out in the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement, the Children First Act 2015, the Addendum to Children First (2019) and the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017.



Yes/No

Has the Board formally adopted a Child Safeguarding Statement in accordance with the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’?

Yes

Is the Board satisfied that the Child Safeguarding Statement is displayed in a prominent place near the main entrance to the school?

Yes

As part of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement, has the Board formally adopted, without modification, the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’?

Yes

Does the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement include a written assessment of risk as required under the Children First Act 2015 ? (This includes considering the specific issue of online safety as required by the Addendum to Children First)

Yes

Has the Board reviewed and updated where necessary the written assessment of risk as part of this overall review?

Yes

Has the Risk Assessment taken account of the risk of harm relevant to online teaching and learning remotely?

Yes

Has the DLP attended available child protection training?

Yes

Has the Deputy DLP attended available child protection training?

Yes

Have any members of the Board attended child protection training?

Yes
 
Are there both a DLP and a Deputy DLP currently appointed?

Yes

Are the relevant contact details (Tusla and An Garda Síochána) to hand?

Yes

Has the Board arrangements in place to communicate the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement to new school personnel?

Yes

Is the Board satisfied that all school personnel have been made aware of their responsibilities under the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’ and the Children First Act 2015?

Yes

Has the Board received a Principals Child Protection Oversight Report (CPOR) at each Board meeting held since the last review was undertaken?

Yes

Since the Board’s last review, did each CPOR contain all of the information required under each of the 4 headings set out in sections 9.5 to 9.8 inclusive of the procedures?

Yes

Since the Board’s last review, has the Board been provided with and reviewed all documents relevant to the CPOR?

Yes

Since the Board’s last review, have the minutes of each Board meeting appropriately recorded the records provided to the Board as part of CPOR report?

Yes

Have the minutes of each Board meeting appropriately recorded the CPOR report?

Yes

Is the Board satisfied that the child protection procedures in relation to the making of reports to Tusla/An Garda Síochána were appropriately followed in each case reviewed?

N/A

Is the Board satisfied that, since the last review, all appropriate actions are being or have been taken in respect of any member of school personnel against whom an allegation of abuse or neglect has been made?*

N/A

Where applicable, were unique identifiers used to record child protection matters in the Board minutes?

N/A

Is the Board satisfied that all records relating to child protection are appropriately filed and stored securely?

Yes

Has the Board been notified by any parent in relation to that parent not receiving the standard notification required under section 5.6 of the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’?

No

In relation to any cases identified at question 21 above, has the Board ensured that any notifications required under section 5.6 of the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’ were subsequently issued by the DLP?

N/A

Has the Board ensured that the Parents’ Association (if any), has been provided with the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement?

Yes

Has the Board ensured that the patron has been provided with the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement?

Yes

Has the Board ensured that the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement is available to parents on request?

Yes

Has the Board ensured that the Stay Safe programme is implemented in full in the school? (applies to primary schools)

Yes

Has the Board ensured that the Wellbeing Programme for Junior Cycle students is implemented in full in the school? (applies to post- primary schools)

N/A

Has the Board ensured that the SPHE curriculum is implemented in full in the school?

Yes

Is the Board satisfied that the statutory requirements for Garda Vetting have been met in respect of all school personnel (employees and volunteers)? *

Yes

Is the Board satisfied that the Department’s requirements in relation to the provision of a child protection related statutory declaration and associated form of undertaking have been met in respect of persons appointed to teaching and non-teaching positions?*

Yes

Is the Board satisfied that, from a child protection perspective, thorough recruitment and selection procedures are applied by the school in relation to all school personnel (employees and volunteers)?*

Yes

Has the Board considered and addressed any complaints or suggestions for improvements regarding the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement?

N/A

Has the Board sought the feedback of parents in relation to the school’s compliance with the requirements of the child safeguarding requirements of the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’?

Yes

Has the Board sought the feedback of pupils in relation to the school’s child safeguarding arrangements?

Yes

Is the Board satisfied that the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017’ are being fully and adequately implemented by the school?

Yes

Has the Board identified any aspects of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement and/or its implementation that require further improvement?

No

Has the Board put in place an action plan containing appropriate timelines to address those aspects of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement and/or its implementation that have been identified as requiring further improvement ?

N/A

Has the Board ensured that any areas for improvement that were identified in any previous review of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement have been adequately addressed?

Yes


*In schools where the ETB is the employer the responsibility for meeting the employer’s requirements rests with the ETB concerned. In such cases, this question should be completed following consultation with the ETB.

Signed: Willie Pat Hallihan                                     Signed:  Colman Lane

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

Date: 13/12/2021                                                      Date: 13/12/2021

Note: Where a school is undertaking its first review, references in this checklist to the “last review” shall be taken to refer to the date on which the Child Safeguarding Statement was first put in place.

Mandatory Template 3: Notification regarding the Board of Management’s review of the Child Safeguarding Statement

To: Patron / Parents / Staff / Pupils / School Community


The Board of Management of ___Baltydaniel National School________ 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 ____13th December 2021____
 
  • 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: Willie Pat Hallihan                                         Signed: Colman Lane

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

Date: 13/12/2021                                                          Date: 13/12/2021