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Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy of Lisaniskey N.S. 

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 and Post Primary Schools, the Board of Management of Lisaniskey N.S. has agreed the following child protection policy:

 

  • 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 as part of this overall child protection policy.
  • The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Noel Dervan, Principal
  • The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Olivia Dolan, Deputy Principal

 

  • In its policies, practices and activities, Lisaniskey N.S. 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.

 

Visibility BEST PRACTICE:      ORGANISATIONAL IMPLICATIONS

 

  • Supervision

School supervision policy and routines will be followed by all staff to ensure that there is supervision of children at all breaks and before school.

 

  • Behaviour

Children are to be encouraged at all times to play co-operatively and inappropriate behaviour will be addressed under our Code of Behaviour. If an incident occurs which we consider to be of a sexualised nature we will notify the DLP who will record it and respond to it appropriately.

Teachers will ensure that children are visible in the school yard. They are not to leave the school premises or to engage with strangers who are outside of the school premises.

 

  • Visitors

Visitors will be supervised in the discharge of their business. Visitors entering the school should report to a member of staff.

 

  • Children travelling in staff cars

Teachers will not carry children alone in their cars without permission from parents. At least two children must travel with the teacher in the car or another adult and child. Every effort will be made to make contact with the parent prior to travel.

 

  • Induction of Teachers and Ancillary Staff

The DLP will be responsible for informing all new teachers and ancillary staff of this policy and the Children First Guidelines (1999).

 

  • Dealing with children on a one-to-one basis

If a staff member has to work/deal/communicate with children on a one-to-one basis, they are requested to leave the classroom door open. The Learning Support rooms will be fitted with glass panels.

 

  • Attendance

With regards to child protection we will pay particular attention to trends in non- attendance. We will also monitor non-attendance in correlation with signs of neglect/ physical/ emotional abuse.

 

  • Changing for Games / PE / Swimming

Pupils will be expected to dress and undress themselves for games / PE / swimming. Where assistance may be needed for younger children, parents are welcome to come in and help. Under no circumstances will members of staff / volunteers be expected to or allowed to dress / undress a child in a cubicle / private area. In such situations where assistance is required the parent / guardian of the child or a designated other (eg SNA) will be asked to accompany the child.

 

(See Appendix A : Child Protection Procedures as per Children First; Appendix B : Formal Report document pages 50 & 51 CF doc; and Appendix C : Signs and Symptoms of abuse)

The Board has ensured that the necessary policies, protocols or practices as appropriate are in place in respect of each of the above listed items.

 

  • The following school policies, practices and activities are particularly relevant to child protection
  • Code of Behaviour
  • Anti-bullying Policy
  • Pupil Attendance Strategy
  • Supervision of Pupils
  • Special Needs
  • Sporting Activities/Other Extra Curricular Activities/School Outings

 

The Board has ensured that the necessary policies, protocols or practices as appropriate are in place in respect of each of the above listed items.

 

  • This policy has been made available to school personnel and the Parents’ Association and is readily accessible to parents on request. A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department and the patron if requested.

 

  • This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year.