In Scoil Chaitríona Baggot Street, we aim to protect the well-being of our whole-school community – children, parents and staff – by providing a warm, inclusive an caring environment.

Our Board of Management has, through consultation with the parents and staff, drawn up a Critical Incident Management Plan. They have established a Critical Incidents Management Team to steer the development and implementation of the plan.


What is a Critical Incident?

‘A critical incident is any incident or sequence of events which overwhelms the normal coping mechanism of the school and disrupts the running of the school’. (National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS), 2007).

Some examples of a critical incident are as follow:

Other examples may consist of:

While our whole-school community obviously hopes we never experience a critical incident, it is important that we be prepared.


Critical Incidents Management Team:

Leadership Role: Siobhán Weekes (Principal)

Communication Role: Niamh O’Malley (Deputy Principal)

Student Liaison/ Counselling Role: Rónán MacCairbaire (Teacher)

Chaplaincy Role: Fr. Paddy Moran (Chaplain)

Family Liaison Role: Esther Waters (Parent)

Parents Association Rep: Sharon Bolger (Parent)

B.O.M. Rep: Tom Bluett (Chairperson)


The Principal, Siobhán Weekes, in her Leadership Role, has the responsibilities as defined below.


The Deputy Principal, Niamh O’Malley, in her Communication Role, assists and only assumes responsibility on the absence of Siobhán Weekes.

 In the even that neither Siobhán Weekes nor Niamh O’Malley be able to carry out their duties duties due to personal impact of the critical incident, this policy names Máirín Barry, Principal of Catherine McAuley NS, as the person nominated to assume the Leadership Role. Our Board sincerely thanks Máirín for accepting this responsibility.


Roles and Responsibilities

Leadership Role – Siobhán Weekes




Communication Role: Niamh O’Malley


 With the Critical Incidents Management Team:



Student Liaison/ Counselling Role: Rónán MacCairbaire




Chaplaincy Role: Fr. Paddy Moran




Family Liaison Role: Esther Waters




Action plan



Media Briefing (if appropriate)

  1. What happened, where and when?
  2. What is the extent of the injuries?
  3. How many are involved and what are their names?
  4. Is there a risk of further injury?
  5. What agencies have been contacted already?


Contact appropriate agencies (Communication Role)

  1. Emergency services
  2. Medical services
  3. S.E. Psychology Departments/Community Care Services
  4. NEPS: Richard Hennessy
  5. DES/Schools Inspector: Noreen Kavanagh


Siobhán Weekes leads the following procedures:





Monitor students for signs of continuing distress

If over a prolonged period of time, a student continues to display the following, he/she may need assistance from the Health Board. Constant communication with family is essential.

Evaluate response to incident and amend Critical Incident Management Plan appropriately


Formalise the Critical Incident Plan for the future

Decide on appropriate ways to deal with anniversaries (Be sensitive to special days and events)


Ratified by the Board of Management of Scoil Chaitríona Baggot Street on October 21st 2015.



Review Date: January 2017