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Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment
Sacred Heart Primary School
Child Safeguarding Statement
Sacred Heart Primary 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 Sacred Heart Primary School 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 2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement

2 The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Mrs. Caitriona Sutton.

3 The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Ms. Valerie Carey.

4 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.
5 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 above named 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.

 
6 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.  


7 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 23.06.2021[date].
This Child Safeguarding Statement was reviewed by the Board of Management on 23.06.2021 [most recent review date].

Signed: _________________________  Signed: ____________________________
Chairperson of Board of Management   Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management


Date:     __________________________   Date:    __________________¬¬¬¬¬¬¬_












Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment
Written Assessment of Risk of Sacred Heart Primary School
In accordance with section 11 of the Children First Act 2015 and with the requirement of Chapter 8 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, the following is the Written Risk Assessment of Sacred Heart Primary School.  


1. List of school activities
2. The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities –

3. The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment -

Training of school personnel in Child Protection matters Harm not recognised or reported promptly  • Child Safeguarding Statement made available to all staff
• DLP& DDLP to attend PDST face to face training where available.
• All Staff to view Túsla training module/any other online training offered by PDST
• BOM records all records of staff and board training
• 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 and it’s Addendum (2019)
One to one teaching Harm by school personnel • Open door policy
• Glass panel in all doors
• Blinds up on all windows
• S.E.N. Policy
• Written permission from parents
Toilet areas Inappropriate behaviour • One pupil in each classroom cubicle at a time.
• Toilet usage is monitored closely by staff
• SEN Teachers direct pupils in their care to the classroom toilets closest to their room.
• Classes in the library to use toilets in adjoining classrooms.
• P.E. Classes to use toilets nearest the hall if required (Staff do not use these toilets)


1. List of school activities
2. The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities –

3. The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment -

Curricular Provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay safe. Non-teaching of same • School implements SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe in full
• Annual review of S.P.H.E. Policy to clarify topics and language at all class levels.
• PDST Training in Stay Safe for all teaching staff (December 2018)
LGBT Children/Pupils perceived to be LGBT
Bullying • Anti-Bullying Policy
• Code of Behaviour
Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils Harm from older pupils, unknown adults on the playground • Arrival supervised by staff from 08:40 each morning.
• Dismissal supervised by staff each evening.
• Children that are not collected will be supervised and parents contacted.
• Changes to normal collection procedure must be notified to the school by the parent.
Care of Children with toileting needs, including intimate care needs Harm by school personnel • Policy on intimate care approved by B.O.M. on 28.02.2019.
Family Conflict/ Family Law Issue Harm to pupil • Question regarding Family Law matters on School Enrolment Form
• In the case of family conflict where an instruction has been given to the school that a named person is not to collect the child and attempts to do so, the parent who normally collects the child will be contacted without delay.
• In the meantime, the Principal will prevent, insofar as is practicable, the parent from taking the child from the school.                                                                   
• In the case where a barring order is in place, and a parent against whom the barring order is in place attempts to collect the child, the other parent and An Garda Síochána will be contacted without delay.
• In the meantime, the Principal will prevent, insofar as is practicable, the parent from taking the child from the school.


1. List of school activities
2. The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities –

3. The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment -

Managing of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint Injury to pupils and staff • Restraint Policy as approved by the B.O.M. on 28.02.2018
• Code of Behaviour
• Use of Sensory Room
Sports Coaches/Choir Harm to pupils  • Joint Agreements/Vetting in place in all cases
• Member of school teaching staff with Sports Coaches/ Choir Director at all times
Students participating in work experience Harm by student  • Vetting in place in all cases for students over 16 years of age.
• Child Safeguarding Statement displayed to students.
• Students work under the supervision of school staff at all times.
• Students have no access to a pupil on a 1:1 basis.
Recreation breaks for pupils  Inadequate supervision   of pupils                                    
Bullying by other pupils • Code of behaviour
• Anti-bullying policy
• First Aid Policy
• Adequate supervision by staff at all times
Participation in religious ceremonies  Harm by parish personnel • Child Safeguarding Statement and DES Procedures made available to all relevant parish personnel   
• Preparation for sacraments takes place in an open area such as the church /classroom                                  
• Confessions take place in an open area
Classroom teaching  Harm from other pupils, Harm by school personnel • Glass panels on all doors
• Teaching Council Registration/Vetting completed by all teaching staff
• Adequate supervision at all times
Chamber Choir Harm to pupils
• Member of school teaching staff with Chamber Choir at all times
Outdoor teaching activities and Walking Trips off school grounds
Incl. Annual Sports Day Harm from other pupils, harm from unknown adults, harm from school personnel • Age appropriate activities and venues chosen
• Extra personnel accompany class if pupils are leaving school grounds
• Adequate supervision at all times
• Code of behaviour
• Anti-bullying policy


1. List of school activities
2. The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities –

3. The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment -

Sporting Activities (off campus)
Harm from other pupils, harm from unknown adults, harm from school personnel • Age appropriate activities and venues chosen
• Extra personnel accompany staff when leaving school grounds
• Adequate supervision at all times
• Code of behaviour
• Anti-bullying policy
• Written parental permission for all activities
Children transitioning from one-to-one teaching to the classroom
Harm to pupil • Teacher to collect and return pupil to their classroom
Swimming
Harm to pupil, Harm from unknown adults, harm from other children, harm from school personnel • Anti-bullying policy
• Code of behaviour
• Extra personnel to supervise (at least 3 adults in attendance)
• Group changing rooms separated by gender
• Intimate Care Policy
Visits to office, other classrooms etc. Harm from unknown adults, harm from school personnel • Pupils will leave their classroom on any message/duty in pairs (minimum)
Fundraising events involving pupils
Harm from unknown adults • Raffle cards issued to parents/guardians not children
• Children are never asked to collect money on behalf of the school

School transport arrangements including use of bus escorts
Harm from unknown adults, harm from other pupils, harm to pupil • Code of behaviour
• Anti-bullying policy
• Pupils supervised as they leave school to alight the bus by a member of staff each evening.
• Staff will collect pupils from Solas/Le Chéile from their bus escort each morning.
• Staff will deliver pupils from Solas/ Le Chéile to their bus escort each evening
Administration of Medicine Harm to pupil • Administration of Medication Policy
Administration of First Aid  Harm to pupil, harm from school personnel • First Aid Policy
• 1:1 policy applies where relevant; open door etc.

1. List of school activities
2. The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities –

3. The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment -

Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils

Harm to pupil • Anti-bullying policy
• Code of behaviour
• S.P.H.E. Lessons covered on topic annually
• Adequate supervision of pupils at all times
Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum  Harm to pupil, Harm from unknown adult • Vetting/Joint agreement provided in cases of consistent visits.
• Teachers supervise class at all times; no visitor is left alone with students in any capacity
Use of school premises by other organisation during school day Harm from adults, harm to adult  • Children do not travel around the school alone; in pairs at the very minimum.
• Teaching staff supervise classes at all times and their movements throughout the school.
• Clear entry and exit procedures via main entrance
• Children do not return to their classroom once in afterschool
• Pupils are not allowed to open the door for anybody
• List of Fob Holders and associated numbers in Principal’s Office-No child to ever be given a fob/ security code
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 LGBT
• Pupils of minority religious faiths
• Children in care
• Children on CPNS Harm to pupil • Anti-bullying policy
• Code of behaviour
• S.P.H.E. curriculum taught in full
• Adequate supervision of pupils at all times
• Friendship week held annually/ celebrating differences among our school community
Publication of pupil’s images on external  websites/social media
Harm from unknown adults • Written permission sought by organisation prior to posting of these images e.g. credit union/ FAI schools soccer etc.
1. List of school activities 2. The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities –
3. The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment -

Recruitment of school personnel including -
• Teachers
• SNA’s
• 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  Harm not recognised or properly or promptly reported Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff

Staff to view Tusla training module/any other online training offered by PDST
Compliance with all legislation and DES circulars regarding Garda Vetting for staff and volunteers.
Once off parent/ guest speaker visits; teacher remains with class at all times.

Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school and at home
Bullying • Acceptable Use of Internet Policy
• Anti-Bullying Policy
• Code of Behaviour
• Distance Learning Policy
Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including confiscation of phones etc.
Harm from school personnel, Harm to pupil • Code of behaviour
• Detention is not applied in Sacred Heart Primary School
• Phones are not allowed by pupils on the school premises or on any school outing; confiscated phones are turned off by the pupil and are locked in the class teacher’s filing cabinet for the school day.
Student teachers undertaking training placement in school
Harm from student • Vetting in place in all cases.
• Child Safeguarding Statement displayed prominently.  
• Students work under the supervision of school staff at all times.
• Students have no access to a pupil on a 1:1 basis.









1. List of school activities
2. The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities –

3. The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment -

Use of video/photography/other media to record school events
Harm from school personnel, harm from unknown adults, harm from other pupils • Permission sought annually from parents for school to take videos/ photographs
• Acceptable Use Policy
• Pupils are not allowed to take photographs/video on personal devices in school
Unknown guests/visitors to the school Harm from unknown adults, harm to pupil • Pupils are not allowed to open the door for anybody
• Children do not travel around the school alone; in pairs at the very minimum.
• Teaching staff supervise classes at all times and their movements throughout the school.
• Clear entry and exit procedures via main entrance
• Children do not return to their classroom once in afterschool
After school activities with staff member e.g. guitar club/ sports coaching etc.  Harm by school personnel • Open door policy
• Glass panel in all doors
• Blinds up on all windows
• Never 1:1 lessons
School Completion Programme Afterschool
Harm to pupil, harm from personnel, harm from other pupils • Staff are Garda vetted
• Written permission sought from parents for participation.
• Two members of SCP staff present at all times
• Open door policy
• Child safeguarding statement displayed prominently
• Organisation’s own Child Safeguarding Statement in place and copy of same with school
DEIS Literacy and Numeracy Camps  Harm to pupil, harm from personnel, harm from other pupils
• Glass panels on all doors
• Teaching Council Registration/Vetting completed by all teaching staff
• Adequate supervision at all times
• Open door policy
• Parents apply for/accept place for participation of their child
• Child safeguarding statement displayed prominently
• Overseer in place for duration of the camp
Absence of DLP and DDLP on the same date. Harm not promptly reported • Staff report to next most senior post holder.
• This post holder makes contact with DLP/DDLP.

1. List of school activities
2. The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities –

3. The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment -


School Completion Programme School Time Activities









 Harm to pupil, harm from personnel, harm from other pupils • Staff are Garda vetted
• Class teacher present at all times unless it’s 1:1/small group support in which case 1:1 teaching safeguards operate
• Open door policy
• Written permission sought from parents for participation.
• Child safeguarding statement displayed prominently
• Organisation’s own Child Safeguarding Statement in place and copy of same with school

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. This risk assessment has been reviewed by the Board of Management on June 23rd 2021. It was reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.
Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________
Chairperson, Board of Management

Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________
Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management


 
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