Child Safeguarding Statement

Procedures

Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, the Children First: National Guidance, and TUSLA’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice.

In addition to the procedures listed in our risk assessment, the following procedures support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our service:

  1. Procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct against staff against a pupil

 

  1. Procedure for the recruitment and selection of workers and volunteers to work with children

 

  1. Procedure for the provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm

 

  1. Procedure for maintaining a list of the persons (if any) in the relevant service who are mandated persons

 

  1. Procedure for appointing a relevant person

 

    6. Implementation

We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our school is committed to the implementation of the Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our service. This document will be published on our school website and will be circulated to all members of our school community including parents and staff. A hard copy of the policy can be available on request.

   7. Review

This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed annually with the Child Protection Policy, or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

For queries, please contact Siobhán Weekes, DLP and Principal. She is the Relevant Person under the Children First Act 2015.

Ratified by the Board of Management of Scoil Chaitríona Baggot Street on February 27th 2020. It will be reviewed in February 2021.

 

APPENDIX 1

CHILD SAFEGUARDING PRACTICES

Specific Procedures

 A key element of our BoM’s ongoing child safeguarding work over the years has been the development of appropriate procedures in relation to child protection.

Following whole-school discussion and consultation, the BoM have agreed that the following practices be adopted:

School personnel should never engage in or allow:

 

Visitors/Guest Speakers

 

Children with specific toileting/intimate care needs

 

 Intimate Care

 

On-to-one teaching

 

Changing for Games/PE/Swimming

 

Attendance

 

Behaviour

 

Bullying

 

Children travelling in staff cars

 

 Communication

 

Induction of Staff

 

 Induction of Pupils

 

Internet Safety

Please refer to our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).

 

Record Keeping

Please refer to our Data Protection and Records Retention Policy.

 

Supervision and Visibility

Please refer to our Supervision Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Child Protection Contacts

 

Designated Liaison Person:

Siobhán Weekes (Principal)

Phone: 01 6766132

 

 

Deputy Designated Liaison Person:

Cillian Ó Bhroinn (Deputy Principal)

Phone: 01 6766132

 

 

Garda Station:

Pearse Street Garda Station

Phone: 01 666 9000

 

Local Contact for the TUSLA (formally the Children and Family Social Services of the HSE):

Lord Edward Street Offices:

Phone: 01 648 6555