Child Safeguarding and Risk Assessment Statement.

Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment

S N Naomh Colmchille, Kilmacrennan is a primary school (with Special Classes) 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 (revised 2023) and Tusla Guidance on the preparation of Child Safeguarding Statements, the Board of Management of S N Naomh Colmchille, Kilmacrennan has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.

  1. 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 (revised 2023) as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement
  • The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is John Devenney
  • The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Mel O’Donnell
  • The Relevant Person is the DLP (John Devenney)

(The relevant person is one who can provide information in respect of how the child safeguarding statement was developed and will be able to provide the statement on request. In a school setting the relevant person shall be the designated liaison person.)

  • 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 (revised 2023) and to the relevant agreed disciplinary procedures for school staff which are published on the gov.ie 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 gov.ie 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 (revised 2023), including in the case of registered teachers, those in relation to mandated reporting under the Children First Act 2015.
  • 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 gov.ie 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 approved by the Board of Management on 21/02/2023.

This Child Safeguarding Statement was reviewed by the Board of Management on 11/09/2023.

The Annual Review was conducted on 6/2/24

Signed: Fr M Chambers                  Signed John Devenney

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

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

Written Assessment of Risk of SN Naomh Colmchille, Kilmacrennan, Co Donegal..   

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 (revised 2023), the following is the Written Risk Assessment of SN Naomh Colmchille, Kilmacrennan, Co Donegal..   

  1. List of school activities
Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils
Recreation breaks for pupils
Classroom teaching One-to-one
teaching One-to-one learning support
One-to-one counselling
Outdoor teaching activities
Online teaching and learning remotely
Sporting activities
School outings
School trips involving overnight stay
School trips involving foreign travel
Use of toilet/changing/shower areas in school
Provision of residential facilities for boarders
Annual Sports Day
Fundraising events involving pupils
Use of off-site facilities for school activities
School transport arrangements including use of bus escorts
Care of children with special educational needs, including intimate care where needed,
Care of any vulnerable adult students, including intimate care where needed
Management of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint where required
Management of provision of food and drink
Administration of Medicine
Administration of First Aid Curricular provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay SafePrevention 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
Pupils from ethnic minorities/migrants
Members of the Traveller community
Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) children
Pupils perceived to be LGBTPupils of minority religious faiths
Children in care
Children on Tusla’s Child Protection Notification System (CPNS)Children with medical needs
Recruitment of school personnel including -Teachers/SNAs/Caretaker/
Secretary/Cleaners/Sports coaches/External Tutors/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/religious instruction
external to the school
Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school, including social media
Application of sanctions under the school’s
Code of Behaviour including detention of pupils, confiscation of phones etc.
Students participating in work experience in the school
Students from the school participating in work experience elsewhere
Student teachers undertaking training placement in school
Use of video/photography/other media to record school events
After school use of school premises by other organisations
Use of school premises by other organisation during school day
Breakfast club
Homework club/evening study  
  • The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities –
Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel
Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by school
personnel
Risk of child being harmed in the school by a member of school personnel
Risk of child being harmed in the school by another child
Risk of child being harmed in the school by volunteer or visitor to the
school
Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of another organisation or other person while child participating in out of school activities e.g. school trip, swimming lessons
Risk of harm due to inappropriate use of online remote teaching and
learning communication platform such as an uninvited person accessing the lesson link, students being left unsupervised for long periods of time in breakout rooms
Risk of harm due to bullying of child
Risk of harm due to racism
Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school
Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while attending out of school activities
Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship/communications between child and another child or adult
Risk of harm due to children inappropriately accessing/using computers, social media, phones and other devices while at school
Risk of harm to children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities, including medical vulnerabilities
Risk of harm to child while a child is receiving intimate care
Risk of harm due to inadequate code of behaviour
Risk of harm in one-to-one teaching, counselling, coaching situation
Risk of harm caused by member of school personnel communicating with pupils in an inappropriate manner via social media, texting, digital device or other manner
Risk of harm caused by member of school personnel accessing/
circulating inappropriate material via social media, texting, digital device or other manner    
  • The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment –
 
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 (revised 2023) are made available to all school personnel
School Personnel are required to adhere to the Child Protection
Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools (revised 2023) and all
registered teaching staff are required to adhere to the Children First Act 2015 and it’s Addendum (2019)The school implements in full the Stay Safe Programme
The school implements in full the SPHE curriculum
The school implements in full the Wellbeing Programme at Junior CycleThe 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
The school undertakes anti-racism awareness initiatives
The school has a yard/playground supervision policy to ensure
appropriate supervision of children during, assembly, dismissal and
breaks and in respect of specific areas such as toilets, changing rooms etc.The school has in place a policy and clear procedures in respect of
school outings
The school has a health and safety policy
The school adheres to the requirements of the Garda vetting legislation and relevant DE circulars in relation to recruitment and Garda vetting The school has a codes of conduct for school personnel (teaching and
non-teaching staff)
The school complies with the agreed disciplinary procedures for
teaching staff
The school has a Special Educational Needs policy
The school has an intimate care policy/plan in respect of students who
require such care
The school has in place a policy and procedures for the administration
of medication to pupils
The school –Has provided each member of school 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 trainingMaintains records of all staff and board member training
The school has in place a policy and procedures for the administration of First Aid The school has in place a code of behaviour for pupils
The school has an Acceptable Use Policy in place, to include provision
for online teaching and learning remotely, and has communicated this
policy to parents
The school has in place a policy governing the use of smart phones and
tablet devices in the school by pupils as per circular 38/2018
The school has in place a Critical Incident Management Plan
The school has in place a Home School Liaison policy and related procedures
The school has in place a policy and procedures for the use of external
persons to supplement delivery of the curriculum
The school has in place a policy and procedures for the use of external sports coaches
The school has in place a policy and clear procedures for one-to-one teaching activities
The school has in place a policy and procedures for one-to-one counselling
The school has in place a policy and procedures in respect of student teacher placements
The school has in place a policy and procedures in respect of students undertaking work experience in the school.
The school has in place a policy and procedures in respect of pupils of
the school undertaking work experience in external organisations          
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 (revised 2023)

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 was revisited and approved by the Board of Management on 11/9/2023, and approved again in conjunction with the Child Safeguarding Statement on 6/2/2024.

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